Xiaobo Lü is associate professor at the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. His research centers on distributive politics of fiscal policies in authoritarian regimes, with a focus on China. He is currently working on several research projects that focus on fiscal extraction and their roles in state-society relations and party building. Dr. Lu has published in numerous leading academic journals, and has been received awards for both his research and his teaching. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in 2011.