Xiaoqian Hu

Associate Professor of Law

Xiaoqian Hu teaches Property and seminars on property theory, property and social change, and law and development. Her research on property issues in the United States examines how property law shapes racial and class inequality and what legal changes might be realizable to advance structural equity. Her research on China examines how property law shapes and is shaped by China’s socioeconomic transformation and how state actions and discourses affect class dynamics and government legitimacy.

Professor Hu received her S.J.D. from Harvard Law School and was awarded the Yong K. Kim ’95 Memorial Prize for her work on property struggles in China. She also received a Ph.D. in comparative law and law and economics from the University of Turin (Italy), and a master’s degree in civil jurisprudence and an LL.B. from East China University of Political Science and Law.


Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers

Representative Publications

  • Racial Code Words: A Technology of Racialization and Racism (with Deirdre Pfeiffer, under peer review).
  • Property and Prosperity, A Demythifying Story, 96. St. John’s Law Review (forthcoming 2023).
  • Vulnerability, Resilience, and the Fair Housing Act, in Re-conceiving Equality and Freedom: Vulnerability, Dependency, and the Responsive State (Martha Fineman & Laura Spitz eds., Routledge, forthcoming 2023).
  • Gender, Vulnerability, and Resilience in Pandemic-Era China, in Gender Companion to Gender and COVID-19 (Linda C. McClain & Aziza Ahmed eds. Routledge, forthcoming 2023) (with Yanliu Tao & Qichen Zhang).
  • “A Glass of Milk Strengthens a Nation.” Law, Development, and China’s Dairy Tale, 16 J. Food L. & Pol’y 78 (2020).
  • Dairy Tales: Global Portraits of Milk and Law, 16 J. Food L. & Pol’y 1 (2020) (with Jessica Eisen and Erum Sattar).
  • Put That Bucket Down!”: Money, Politics, and Property Rights in Urbanizing China¸ 44 Vt. L. Rev. 243 (2019) (lead article).
  • Encounter:  How Duncan Kennedy and Chinese Legal Scholars View Legal Transplants and the Rule of Law – A Commentary on the Harvard-Renmin Virtual Workshop on Duncan Kennedy’s Three Globalizations of Law and Legal Thought, 9 Front. L. China 560 (2014).
  • When American Law Meets Chinese Law Eye to Eye:  How Two Legal Systems Approach the Duty to Protect, 10 Global Jurist Article 5 (2010).
  • Complete List of Publications

Other Writings

  • Toward a Postmetaphysical Approach to the Study of Chinese Law, Law & Political Economy Blog, forthcoming Spring 2023.


  • S.J.D. Harvard University Law School
  • LL.M. Harvard University Law School
    2012 (degree waived)
  • Ph.D. University of Turin
  • Master's in Law, East China University of Political Science and Law
  • LL.B., East China University of Political Science and Law

Work Experience

  • Associate Professor of Law
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2019 - present
  • Teaching Fellow
    Harvard University Law School
    Spring of 2014, 2015, & 2018
  • Law Clerk
    Shanghai Arbitration Commission
    2005 - 2006