Xiaoxiao Shen

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Postdoctoral Associate in East Asian Studies and Lecturer in Political Science
Areas of interest : 
Comparative Political Behavior; Political Psychology; Authoritarian Politics; Quantitative Methods

Xiaoxiao Shen (https://xiaoxiaoshen.co/) obtained a PhD in Politics from Princeton University. Her research interests span from comparative political behavior, political psychology, authoritarian politics, and to quantitative methods, with a specific focus on understanding citizens’ political attitudes and behavior from psychology in authoritarian countries. Her work has appeared in British Journal of Political Science, Governance, and World Development. Prior to Princeton, she obtained a B.Sc in Mathematics with Statistics from Imperial College London and an M.Phil in Social Science from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.  


EAST 402, PLSC 384

Political Psychology and Comparative Politics

Political psychology seminars typically focus on American political behavior, and most comparative politics seminars do not directly address political psychology. This seminar aims to bridge that gap by examining the important role of psychology within the broader context of comparative politics. The goal of the seminar is to develop your knowledge and understanding of how political attitudes and behaviors are shaped, how they evolve, and the ways they may influence behavioral outcomes. We explore why people engage in politics, what factors help them form or revise their political beliefs and perspectives, and how those attitudes are manifest (or not) through political action. The role of individual personality traits, human cognition, and both individual and collective identity are considered–in relation to both the general public as well as political insiders. (We also discuss whether making a distinction between the two is relevant and necessary.) Since the course focuses on comparative politics, it closely examines ways that diverse institutions, cultural values, and social environments affect individual political attitudes. We also explore whether there are universal political behaviors and attitudes–and if so, how they should be identified and studied.

Term: Fall 2023
Day/Time: Th 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM