Jay C. Kao

Jay C. Kao

Assistant Professor

Loyola University Chicago


Welcome! My research centers on political communication, political behavior, public opinion, and politics in China and Taiwan. I study how political information shapes individuals’ behavior and attitudes. For the academic year 2024. I am a visiting fellow at the University of Chicago. You can find my CV here.


  • Chinese Politics
  • Taiwanese Politics
  • Political Communication
  • Public Opinion


  • PhD in Government, 2021

    University of Texas at Austin

  • MA in East Asian Studies, 2012

    National Chengchi University, Taiwan

  • BA in History, 2009

    National Chengchi University, Taiwan


Working Papers

“How the Pro-Beijing Media Influences Voters: Evidence from a Field Experiment”

Under review

“Ripples of Resistance? Chinese Public Opinion toward COVID Control”

(with Jiahua Yue and Nathan Cao)

“Racial Identities, Linguistic Proficiency, and Public Attitudes towards Immigrants: Evidence from Two Surveys in Taiwan”

(with Amy H. Liu)

“Authoritarian Education and Liberalism? Evidence from China”

(with Kenny Miao)


PLSC 336: Chinese Politics

Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Fall 2023

PLSC 346: East Asian Politics

Spring 2024

PLSC 103: Introduction to Comparative Politics

Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Spring 2024

Experimental Political Science

Summer 2022

Recommendation Letters

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