• S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School

Xiaoqian Hu is an S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. Her doctoral dissertation, “Property, Authority, and China’s Rural Transformation,” examines property struggles in rural China as it undergoes agricultural industrialization, rural exodus, and urbanization. Blending ethnography with legal theory, she investigates how the Chinese state responds to and shapes this transformation through property reform.


Research interests: Post-1949 China, law and anthropology, law and development, rural studies, cultural heritage studies, property law

From our Blog:

Thieves and Spoilers of Their Own Land: Xiaoqian Hu describes how Chinese farmers mitigate conflicts between their livelihoods and the environmental concerns of local governments.

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies