Xiaoqian Hu

Associate Professor of Law

Xiaoqian Hu’s research examines the connections between property law and societal change, and the limits and responsibility of the state in responding to and shaping such change. Xiaoqian just 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 urbanizing China. She also received a Ph.D. in comparative law and law and economics from Turin University (Italy), and a master’s degree in civil jurisprudence and an LL.B. from East China University of Political Science and Law. Her previous work explores the mutual opposition and attraction that tie U.S. and Chinese law to each other.


Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers

Representative Publications

  • “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


  • 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