Prof. Xia received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Department of International Politics, Fudan University, China. He received his Ph.D. degree from Temple University, where his dissertation won the Bernard Watson Best Dissertation Award in 1997. He once taught at Fudan University and served as a residential fellow at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the George Washington University(2003), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2004) and the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore (2004 and 2011). He is the author of The Dual Developmental State (Ashgate 2000) and The People's Congresses and Governance in China (Routledge 2008; paperback edition 2011); co-editor of The Crown of Thorn: Liu Xiaobo and the Nobel Peace Prize (Hong Kong: Morning Bell Publisher, 2010). He was included to the "Top 100 Chinese Public Intellectuals" of 2009 and 2010. He is a co-producer of an HBO Oscar-nominated documentary movie, "China's Unnatural Disaster, The Tears of Sichuan Province" (2009), which also won 2011 CINE Golden Eagle award. He maintains a column on China in Perspective magazine and contributes regularly to the BBC World News Chinese Service. He is also an associate editor for The Journal of Modern China (Dangdai Zhongguo Yanjiu). He has published dozens of articles and frequently commented on U.S.-China trade and financial relations, political economy in China, organized crime, global issues and globalization.