Thomas J. Christensen

Alastair Iain Johnston 江憶恩


  • Deputy Director

Chen Yali (Lily)

  • 2016-2017 Fellow

Nate Adler

  • Alumni Student Affiliate

Xiaoyu Pu

Xiaoyu Pu(蒲晓宇)has research interests in international security, international relations theories, and Chinese foreign policy. During the CWP fellowship period, he worked on a book manuscript based on his dissertation entitled “Limited Rebranding: Status Signaling, Multiple Audiences, and the Incoherence of China’s Grand Strategy.” Challenging the conventional wisdom that rising powers always maximize their prestige and status, this project aims to provide a two-level theory of status signaling in international politics and to explain the seemingly incoherent grand strategy of contemporary China. In addition, he worked on some article manuscripts on such topics as diplomatic signaling, rising powers, and the change of international order. His previous research has appeared in journals such as International Security, The China Quarterly, Asian Affairs, World Economics and Politics as well as in edited volumes. He has received grants and award from Mershon Center for International Security Studies and American Sociological Association. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at University of Nevada, Reno. From 2009 to 2012, he has taught at Ohio State as an instructor, and has received department chair’s commendation for excellence in teaching. Xiaoyu Pu holds a BA and an MA from Nankai University in Tianjin, and another MA from Kent State University in Ohio. He received his PhD in political science from the Ohio State University.




Dingding Chen, Xiaoyu Pu, and Alastair Iain Johnston, “Correspondence: Debating China's Assertiveness." International Security 38, no. 3 (Winter 2013/14): pp. 176-183.;  Reprinted in The United States and China: A Batch from International Security (MIT Press, 2014)

Xiaoyu Pu, “Socialisation as a Two-way Process: Emerging Powers and the Diffusion of international Norms,” The Chinese Journal of International Politics(Vol 5, Issue 4, Winter 2012), pp.341-367.

Randall L. Schweller and Xiaoyu Pu, "After Unipolarity: China's Visions of International Order in an Era of U.S. Decline," International Security, Vol. 36, No. 1 (Summer 2011), pp. 41-72. Reprinted in Essential Readings in World  Politics.  Karen A. Mingst and Jack Snyder  eds. (New York: W.W. Norton, 2013)

Bin Xu and Xiaoyu Pu, “Dynamic Statism and Memory Politics: A Case Analysis of the Chinese War Reparations Movement,” The China Quarterly,Vol 201. (March 2010), pp. 156-175.

The article received the best graduate student paper award, Asia and Asian America Section,American Sociological Association, 2010
Xiaoyu Pu, “China and International Order Revisited: A Political Sociology Perspective,” [In Chinese], World Economics and Politics, (January 2010), pp.23-36. 

Reprint in East Asian Order: Ideas, Institutions, and Strategies, Zhou Fangying and Gao Chen eds., Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press, 2012).

Steven Hook and Xiaoyu Pu, “Framing Sino-American Relations Under Stress: A Reexamination of News Coverage of the 2001 Spy Plane Crisis,” Asian Affairs: an American Review, Volume 33, Number 3 (Fall 2006), pp. 167-183.

Articles in Chinese Academic Journals

PU Xiaoyu,  “Image Management of a Hegemon: Status Signaling, Status Dilemma, and US rebalancing to Asia,” [霸权的印象管理——地位信号,地位困境与美国亚太再平衡战略] World Economics and Politics [世界经济与政治] 9 (2014):34-49

PU Xiaoyu. “Status Signaling, Multiple Audiences, and China’s Diplomatic Repositioning, [地位信号, 多重观众与中国外交再定位] Foreign Affairs Review [外交评论] 2 (2014)20-41.

PU Xiaoyu. “China and International Order Revisited: A Political Sociology Perspective " [中国与国际秩序的再思考: 一种政治社会学的视角] World Economy and Politics 《世界经济与政治》 1 (2010): 23-36

Edited Book

MEN Honghua and PU Xiaoyu, eds. China’s Strategic Directions in the Eyes of Global Elites [세계, 중국의 길을 묻다: 전세계 싱크탱크가 본] [全球精英眼中的中国战略走向] [In Korean and Chinese] (Seoul: Sungkyunkwan University Press, 2015; Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Publishing House, 2016, forthcoming)

Book Chapters

Xiaoyu Pu, “Interdependent Rivals: China’s Economic Statecraft towards Japan,” in Mingjiang Li and Natalie Yan Hong eds. China’s Economic Statecraft: Co-option, Cooperation, and Coercion, Singapore: World Scientific, 2016.

Xiaoyu Pu and Randall Schweller,  “Status Signaling, Multiple Audiences, and China’s Bluewater Naval Ambition.” In T.V. Paul, Deborah Larson, and William Wohlforth eds.Status in World Politics (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming,  2014).

Xiaoyu Pu, “Potências Emergentes, Legitimidade e mudanças Normativas Internacionais [Emerging Powers, Legitimacy, and International Normative Change],” in Oliver Stuenkel, ed., Potências Emergentes e Desafios Globais[Emerging Powers and Global Challenges] (São Paulo, Brazil: Fundação Getulio Vargas, and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, translated in Portuguese, 2012)

Xiaoyu Pu and Guang Zhang, “China Rising and Its Foreign Policy Orientations: Perspectives from China’s Emerging Elite,” in Sujian Guo and Shiping Hua, eds., New Dimensions of Chinese Foreign Policy (Lanham, MD:Lexington Books-Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).

Xiaoyu Pu, “Rightful Resistance and The Rise of China,” [in Chinese] in Sun Xuefeng ed. International Legitimacy and Emergence of Great Powers: A Chinese Perspective (Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press, 2012)

Xiaoyu Pu, “Introduction,” in Introduction to Political Psychology [in Chinese] Yin Jiwu ed.(Beijing: Higher Education Press, 2012)

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