Kyle Jaros – Keough School


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Areas of expertise: Chinese policy; urban and regional development policy; intergovernmental relations; metropolitan governance; comparative political economy of development


Kyle A. Jaros is Associate Professor of Global Affairs at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. He also holds a concurrent post in the Department of Political Science.

Jaros’ research explores regional development policies, center-local relations and metropolitan governance with a focus on China. His first book, China’s urban champions: the policy of spatial development (Princeton University Press, 2019) examines the political logics and political factors behind uneven development in Chinese provinces. His research on China’s subnational development and center-local relations has also been published in leading Chinese studies and social science journals such as Chinese newspaper, The China Quarterly, modern China, Politics & Society, and Comparative International Development Studies. Jaros is currently working on a second book project that examines changes in the structure and functioning of governments in major Chinese cities to understand the evolution of the party-state system under Xi Jinping. He is also currently a member of the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on US-China Relations (2021-23).

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Jaros was Associate Professor of Political Economy of China at the School of Global and Area Studies at the University of Oxford and a postdoctoral fellow in Chinese Public Policy at the Ash Center of the Harvard Kennedy School. Jaros received a PhD and MA in Political Science from the Government Department at Harvard University, as well as a BA in Public and International Affairs and a Certificate in Chinese Language and Culture from Princeton University. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Chinese Studies from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies.

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