Xiaojia Hou

Associate Professor

 Areas of Interest

  • Modern China
  • Chinese peasants in the 20th century
  • Mao Zedong
  • The Yellow River in modern time


Negotiating Socialism in Rural China: Mao, Peasants and Local Cadres in Shanxi, 1949–1953, 2016.

Articles and Book Chapters

Xiaojia Hou, “ ‘Get Organized’: The Impact of the Soviet Model on the CCP’s Rural Economic Strategy, 1949-l953,” China Learns from the Soviet Union, 1949-present, Thomas P. Bernstein and Hua-yu Li, ed. (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2010), pp 167-196. This book is the Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series.

Xiaojia Hou, “Rural Policy in Flux:Lai Ruoyu's Challenge to the Party Center in the Early 1950s,” China on the Margins, Sherman Cochran and Paul G. Pickowicz, ed. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell East Asia Series, 2010), pp 289-311.

“The Decision Making Process Related to the Bombing of Quemoy in 1958,” in CCP History Material, 2003, vol. 2, pp. 117- 134 (In Chinese).

Books Reviewed

Liping Zhu, The Road to Chinese Exclusion. Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 2013, published in Colorado Book Review Center, April, 6, 2014.

Chang-tai Hung, Mao’s New World: Political Culture in the Early People’s Republic. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, published in History: Reviews of New Books, vol. 40, no. 4, 2012.

Sebastian Heilmann and Elizabeth Perry, eds., Mao’s Invisible Hand: The Political Foundations of Adaptive Governance in China. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2011, published in China Review International, vol. 19, no. 1, 2012.

Sergey Radchenko. Two Suns in the Heavens: the Sino-Soviet Struggle for Supremacy, 1962-1967. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009, published in China Review International, vol. 17, no. 3, 2011.


Xiaojia Hou is an Asian historian, specializing in modern China.She received her Ph.D. in history from Cornell University in 2008 and her undergraduate and master’s degrees in history from Peking University. Her research agenda centers on China’s socialist transformation in the 1950s. She has published two book chapters on China’s agricultural cooperativization and her book is under contract with the Cornell East Asian Series. She is currently interested in the daily life under Mao Zedong and how the nature defied the Chinese Communist Party. Between 2008 and 2015, she taught in the Department of History, University of Colorado Denver.  She is thrilled to join San Jose State University in fall 2015.