Xu Xiaohong

I am a comparative historical sociologist with a broad interest in politics, culture, organizational theory, and philosophy of social sciences. My research agenda centers on how culture and contentious politics shape one another through organizational and institutional mechanisms in transformational historical contexts. I received my PhD from Yale University in 2013, where I completed a dissertation on the cultural and organizational dynamics of the Communist Revolution in China. Part of my dissertation research, which explored how the Chinese Communist Movement emerged by taking over existing activist organizations, has appeared in American Sociology Review.  I have also published on theories of state formation and the making of collective memory. My ongoing research focuses on the formation of Maoist revolutionary strategy in China, the origins and dynamics of the Cultural Revolution, and China’s transition from revolution to reform in comparative perspective.


Office: AS1 04-25
Tel: 6516-3995
Email: socxuxh@nus.edu.sg

Recent Publications

Xu, Xiaohong. 2013. “Belonging Before Believing: Group Ethos and Bloc Recruitment in the Making of Chinese Communism.” American Sociological Review 78 (5): 773-796.

Xu, Xiaohong, and Philip Gorski. 2010. “The Cultural of the Political: Toward a Cultural Sociology of State Formation.” in Handbook of Cultural Sociology, edited by John Hall, Laura Grindstaff and Ming-Cheng Lo, Routledge, pp. 535-46.

Xiaohong Xu and Lyn Spillman. 2010. “Political Centers, Progressive Narratives, and Cultural Trauma: Coming to Terms with the Nanjing Massacre in China, 1937-1979.” in Northeast Asia’s Difficult Past: Essays in Collective Memory, edited by Barry Schwartz and Mikyoung Kim, Palgrave-Macmillan, pp.101-28.