Xiao Lu

Xiao Lu

Postdoc Researcher

Univerisity of Mannheim

Biography

My research centers on developing both theoretical and statistical models for analyzing heterogeneous and dynamic political process under various contexts, with a special focus on party competition, legislative decision making, and political representation and accountability of coalition governance in European countries. My research unites two strands of significant political science inquiry: the development of game theoretical models to explain dynamic strategic decisions of political actors, and the refinement of quantitative (in particular quantile models, Bayesian methods and a combination of the two) and experimental methods to better test empirical hypotheses derived from theoretical models.

Interests
  • Political Methodology
  • Party Politics
  • Legislative Politics
  • Coalition Politics
  • European Politics
  • Electoral Studies
Education
  • PhD in Political Science, 2021

    University of Mannheim

  • MA in Political Science, 2017

    University of Mannheim

  • BA in International Liberal Studies, 2015

    Waseda University

  • LLB in International Politics, 2015

    Peking University

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
Postdoc Researcher
Mar 2021 – Present Mannheim

Project C1 Legislative reforms and party competition.

  • Collecting, cleaning, compiling datasets on comparative legislative decision making and party competition across European countries
  • Constructing game-theoretical and methodological models for investigating coalition formation, party competition and legislative decision making under different political contexts
 
 
 
 
 
Doctoral Researcher
Feb 2018 – Mar 2021 Mannheim
Project C1 Legislative reforms and party competition.
 
 
 
 
 
Doctoral Researcher
Dec 2017 – Dec 2018 Mannheim
  • Project: Bayesian Models (bw17L004)
  • Supported by German Research Foundation through grant INST 35/1134-1 FUGG

Invited Talks & Conference Presentations

Paper Presentation

  • Beyond the Average: Empirical Hypothesis Testing with Heterogeneous Effects across the Distribution of the Outcomes. 78th Annual MPSA Conference, 2021.

  • Helping or Sanctioning? Heterogeneous Effects in the Strategic Analysis of International Compliance(with Thomas König). 11th Annual Conference of the European Political Science Association, 2021.

  • How to Identify Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in Strategic Sequential Choices? Player Heterogeneity and Quantile Models(with Thomas König). PolMeth Europe, 2021.

  • Beyond the Average: Hypothesis Testing with Quantile Mixture”. ECPR General Conference, 2020, Innsbruck, Austria. (Virtual presentation due to Covid-19.)

  • Should I Stay or Should I Go? The British Membership Game between Prime Ministers, the Rank-and-File, and the Voters (with Thomas König). EPSA Annual conference, 2020, Prague, Czech. (One of the 20 papers in the track accepted for virtual presentation).

  • Divided Parties, Heterogeneous Voters and Electoral Choice (with Felix Olsowski). 77th Annual MPSA Conference, 2019, Chicago, USA.

  • Discrete Choice Data with Unobserved Heterogeneity: A Conditional Binary Quantile Model. 77th Annual MPSA Conference, 2019, Chicago, USA.

  • Player Heterogeneity and Equilibrium Multiplicity: Local Identification Using a Bayesian Strategic Quantile Model(with Thomas König). Joint Annual Conference of the GPSA Methods of Political Science Section and the SPSA Empirical Methodology Working Group, 2019, Basel, Switzerland.

Poster Presentation

  • Discrete Choice Data with Unobserved Heterogeneity: A Conditional Binary Quantile Model. 6th Asian Political Methodology Meeting and Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Quantitative Political Science, 2019, Kyoto, Japan.

Manuscript Referee Service

  • American Political Science Review

  • American Journal of Political Science

  • Political Analysis

  • European Union Politics

Teaching

  • “Quantitative Methods in International Relations”, University of Mannheim

  • “Introduction to International Relations: Competing Parties and International Outcomes”, University of Mannheim

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