Kyle Jaros

Visiting Senior Fellows for U.S.-China Subnational Relations
Kyle Jaros

Kyle Jaros is Associate Professor of Global Affairs in the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs. Previously, he was associate professor in the political economy of China at the University of Oxford’s School of Global and Area Studies and held a China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Ash Center of the Harvard Kennedy School. Jaros earned a PhD and MA in political science from the Department of Government at Harvard University, and an AB 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.

Jaros’s research explores the politics of urban and regional development, intergovernmental relations, and subnational foreign engagement with a focus on China. His first book, China’s Urban Champions: The Politics of Spatial Development (Princeton University Press, 2019) examines the policy logics and political factors driving uneven development in China’s provinces. Jaros’s research on China’s subnational development and central-local relations has appeared in leading China studies and social science journals such as The China Journal, The China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, Politics & Society, and Studies in Comparative International Development.

Jaros is currently at work on a collaborative research project examining subnational US-China relations during a period of rising tensions. He is a fellow of the National Committee on US-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program and a former Wilson China Fellow (2022-23). Jaros is also a member of the editorial boards of Urban Affairs Review and Studies in
Comparative International Development.