Kyle A. Jaros is an associate professor of global affairs in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a concurrent appointment in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Jaros’s research explores the politics of regional development, central-local relations, and metropolitan governance with a focus on China.

His first book, China’s Urban Champions: The Politics of Spatial Development (Princeton University Press, 2019) examines the policy logics and political factors driving uneven development in China’s provinces. His research on China’s subnational development and central-local relations has also appeared in leading China studies and social science journals including The China Journal, The China Quarterly, the Journal of Contemporary China, Modern China, Politics & Society, and Studies in Comparative International Development. Dr. Jaros is currently at work on a second book project that examines changes in the structure and workings of China’s big-city governments to understand the evolution of urban governance and development under Xi Jinping.

Before coming to Notre Dame, Dr. Jaros was associate professor in the political economy of China at the University of Oxford’s School of Global and Area Studies and held a China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Ash Center of the Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Jaros earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the Department of Government at Harvard University, and an A.B. in public and international affairs and a certificate in Chinese language and culture from Princeton University. He also holds a graduate certificate in Chinese studies from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies.