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School of Public Policy

School ofPublic Policy

Xun Cao

Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

206 Pond Lab

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: (814) 865-8749


Curriculum Vitae:


Xun Cao received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2007. Before coming to Penn State, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Niehaus Center of the Woodrow Wilson School of the Princeton University and a lecturer in the Department of Government of the University of Essex, UK. Professor Cao’s recent research interests include environmental and energy politics, ethnic violence, and political geography. His publications have appeared in journals such as American Journal of Political ScienceBritish Journal of Political ScienceComparative Political StudiesInternational OrganizationInternational Studies QuarterlyJournal of Politics, and World Politics.


Research Papers:

The British Journal of Criminology, Volume 61, Issue 1, January 2021, Pages 187–208

Zheng Su, Xun Cao

Journal of Peace Research. July 2021; Vol. 58, No. 2. pp. 263-278.

Theodora Ismene Gizelis, Xun Cao

Environmental Politics, 2021; Vol. 30, No. 6. pp. 981-1001.

Zheng Su, Anthony Pezzola, Amanda Fidalgo, & Xun Cao

Defence and Peace Economics, Volume 33, Online Publication: December 26, 2020

Xun Cao, Gizelis Theodora-Ismene, Anja Shortland, & Henrik Urdal

Wiley Library: Regulation and Governance, May 2021.

Xun Cao, Qing Deng, Xiaojun Li, & Zijie Shao