Ming Xia is a Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science and Global Affairs, the College of Staten Island, the City University of New York and a doctoral faculty member at the CUNY Graduate Center.

He received his degrees from Fudan University and Temple University. He once taught at Fudan University and served as a residential fellow at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the George Washington University(2003), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2004), the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore (2004 and 2011) and the Asian Research Institute at NUS (2012). 

He is the author of The Dual Developmental State (2000), The People’s Congresses and Governance in China (2008), Political Venus (2012, in Chinese) and Empire of the Red Sun (2015 in Chinese). He is a co-editor of The Crown of Thorn: Liu Xiaobo and the Nobel Peace Prize (in Chinese 2010) and the editor of Chen Ping’s The Age of Plunder: The 2008 Economic Crisis as a Turning Point in Chinese History and World Civilization (2016). He is a co-producer of an HBO Oscar-nominated documentary movie, "China's Unnatural Disaster" (2009) and the historical advisor/translator for the documentary movie Dream against the World: Mu Xin (2015). He was included consecutively to the "Top 100 Chinese Public Intellectuals” from 2009 to 2013, then in 2015 and 2017.


Ph.D., Political Science, Temple University

MA, International Politics, Fudan University

BA, International Politics, Fudan University

Scholarship / Publications

Most Recent Publications:

“Triangulating Human Political Conditions and Reorienting Political Development in China,” Journal of Chinese Governance, Vol. 1, Issue 3, 2016, pp. 405-426.

“Movement and Migration” in Handbook on Human Rights in China, ed. by Sarah Biddulph and Joshua Rosenzweig, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming.

“A China Scholar's Rendezvous with Islam,” in Choosing Asian-America: A New York Reader, edited by Russell Leung, 2017 September CUNU Forum, Asian American and Asian Research Institute, the City University of New York.

Book Editor for CHEN Ping, The Age of Plunder: The 2008 Economic Crisis as a Turning Point in Chinese History and World Civilization (Hong Kong: iSun Affairs Limited, 2016, pp. 287)

“Media Control as Stability Maintenance: The Case of Sichuan Earthquake” in Media at Work in India and China: Discovering and Dissecting (edited by Robin Jeffrey and Ronojoy Sen), New Delhi, India: Sage, 2015, pp. 245-270.

“Communist Oligarchy and Oligarchic Transition in China,” in Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne, ed., China’s Transition from Communism: New Perspectives (New York: Routledge, 2015), pp. 34-55, 2015.

Book review: The Politics of Controlling Organized Crime in Greater China by Sonny Shiu-hing Luo, The China Quarterly, Volume 226 / June 2016, pp 571 - 573. 

Review Essay:” See No Evil: A Tailored Reality?” A Review of Selling Sex Overseas by Ko-lin Chin and James Finchenauer, CUNY Forum: Asian American /Asian Studies, Vol. 1:3, Fall & Winter 2015-2016, August 2015, pp. 101-106.

Book Review: Chinese Politics and Government: Power, ideology, and organization by Sujian Guo (New York and London: Routledge, 2013), Jan. 2016, Journal of Chinese Political Science.