Xinru Ma is currently an assistant professor in the School of International Relations and Diplomacy at the Beijing Foreign Studies University in China. Previously, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University (2019-2020), and a pre-doctoral fellow at the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University (2018-2019). She obtained her Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California in August 2019.
Originally from China, Xinru's research focuses on nationalism, great power politics, and East Asian security. She uses game theoretical models and computational text analysis to investigate the formation and diffusion of nationalism, and collects original datasets on behaviors of states and substate actors in the South China Sea via applying natural language processing methods to large-scale media text. Her research is informed by extensive field research in Vietnam, Philippines, Japan and China. More broadly, Xinru is interested in public opinion and new methods of measuring it, foreign policy formation, alliance politics, and the historical relations of East Asia. She is currently working on a book project on power transition and the U.S.-China relations (forthcoming from Columbia University Press).