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  • Assistant Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2022 - present


  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of Rochester, 2022

    • Dissertation Title: "International Influences on Authoritarian Survival"

    • Dissertation Committee: John Duggan (Chair), Randall Stone (Co-chair), Gretchen Helmke, Jack Paine

  • M.A. Political Science, University of Rochester, 2018

  • M.A. Economics, Stony Brook University, 2015

  • B.B.A. Global Business and Information System, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), 2012


  • Gao, Jacque. “Investment with Insecure Property Rights: Capital Outflow Openness under Dictatorship.” The Review of International Organizations 17.3 (2022): 569-595.

  • Gao, Jacque. “On Runoff Elections and Plurality Voting: Information Revelation under Divided Majority.Homo Oeconomicus (2022): 1-9.

  • Gao, Jacque. “Democratization in the Shadow of Globalization.” International Organization 75.3 (2021): 698-734.

  • Gao, Jacque. “Solving the Guardianship Dilemma by War.” Journal of Theoretical Politics 33.4 (2021): 455-474.

  • Duggan, John, and Jacque Gao. “Lobbying as a Multidimensional Tug of War.” Social Choice and Welfare 54.1 (2020): 141-166.

Working Papers

  • Gao, Jacque, and Yu Mei. “Delegation in International Organizations: United States and the UN Peacekeeping Operations”

  • Gao, Jacque, and Yu Mei. “Democracy, Development, and Multilateralism: A Strategic Model of Vote Buying in the UN Security Council”

  • Gao, Jacque. “The FDI Liberalization Dilemma: Balancing Insider and Outsider Threats”

Selected Work in Progress

  • Gao, Jacque. “Crony Capitalism, Inter-Provincial Competition, and Public Goods Provision in China”

  • Gao, Jacque, and Randall Stone. “Paying Respect: The International Politics of China’s State Visits”

Research Assistantships

  • G. Bingham Powell, “Ideological Representation: Achieved and Astray.” Cambridge University Press, 2019

  • Jack Paine, “The Coup-Repression Dilemma: Balancing Dual Military Agency Problem.” Summer 2018

  • Lynda Powell, “Legislative Bipartisanship: Explaining Variation in Cross-Party Coalition Building Activity in the 99 State Legislative Chambers.” 2017 - 2019

Fellowships and Awards

  • W. Allen Wallis Institute of Political Economy Fellowship, 2018 - 2019

  • Dean’s List, School of Business and Management, HKUST, Fall 2011


  • Conference Presentations

    • Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2021)

    • Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2019, 2021)

    • American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2019)

  • Invited Talks

    • 2022: Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen), Nanyang Technological University

    • 2021: Princeton University, Florida State University

    • 2019: UCSD

  • Workshops

    • Junior Scholar Symposia, Virtual Formal Theory Workshop (2020)

    • Workshop on Comparative Political Selection, National School of Development, Peking University (2019)

    • Emory-Duke-Rochester Political Economy Graduate Research Conference (2019)

Teaching Experience

  • University of Rochester

    • Instructor, PSC 401 Math Fundamentals for Political Science (graduate level)

    • Teaching Assistant, PSC 407 Mathematical Modeling (graduate level)

    • Teaching Assistant, PSC 267 Identity, Ethnicity and Nationalism

    • Teaching Assistant, PSC 251 Authoritarianism

    • Teaching Assistant, PSC 107 Introduction to Positive Political Theory

    • Teaching Assistant, PSC 101 Introduction to Comparative Politics

  • Stony Brook University

  • Teaching Assistant, ECO 303 Intermediate Microeconomics

  • Teaching Assistant, ECO 108 Introduction to Economics

University and Department Service

  • Coordinator, American Politics Working Group, University of Rochester, 2016 – 2017

Referee Service

  • International Organization, Chinese Journal of International Politics, Mathematical Social Sciences, British Journal of Political Science

Computer Skills

  • R, Stata, Python, Matlab, ArcGIS, VBA, SQL, Microsoft Office, LATEX

Language Skills

  • English (fluent), Chinese (native)