Xiuxiao Wang

xiuxiao wang

Xiuxiao Wang, Ph.D.

  • Visiting Scholar
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Xiuxiao Wang joins the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) during the 2016-17 academic year from Central University of Finance and Economics'(CUFE) Department of Sociology where he serves as an associate professor. He also holds a Research Fellowship at the Center for Studies on China’s Overseas Development in CUFE.

His research interests focus mainly on organizational sociology and institutional transition in contemporary China. While emphasizing Danwei is the pillar of institutional infrastructure in urban China and the power/authority structure is the key to understand Danwei system, his dissertation and a few recent publications shed some light on the past, present and future of Danwei system (单位体制) in China, trying to comprehend the institutional causes underlying its persistence and/or transition after the Reform initiated in the late 1970s, as well as the (unintended) consequences that this organizational transformation has brought to world's largest population.

During his one-year visit at APARC, Wang will work on his latest more challenging project, to explore the transition of power/authority structure (if any), both within and among different (ideal) types of organizations, alongside the continuum of core-periphery distribution of power/authority. Thus, government authority, state-owned enterprise, shiye danwei (事业单位), private enterprise and social organization will be scrutinized simultaneously in a comparative analytical framework to uncover, hopefully, the mystery of social governance at basic level urban China. Besides his own research, he will also seek opportunity to participate in China Program as well as other related interdisciplinary programs at APARC.

Wang's publications include peer-reviewed journal articles appeared on Chinese Journal of Sociology, Comparative Economic & Social System and Sociological Review of China. He also contributed several chapters and coauthored a book titled The In-Group Differentiation of Chinese Christians: Interaction between Subject and Object of Classification in a Northeast Church (2015).

While his research stays relatively focused on organizational sociology and Danwei study, Wang's teaching and reading interests cover a wider range of subjects, including Classic and Modern Sociological Theories, Qualitative Research Methods, Social Scientific Study of Religions, Contemporary China, and China’s Overseas Development.

Wang holds a Ph.D. (2010) and MA (2007) in sociology from Renmin University of China, and a BA (2005) in sociology from Hunan Normal University.


Department of SociologyCentral University of Finance and EconomicsNo.39, South College Road, Haidian DistrictBeijing, China 100871Email: wangxiuxiao@outlook.comPhone: +86 135-8175-7433