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Jon Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography.  He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma.  His areas of academic specialty are in Chinese politics and public policy, Chinese and U.S. urban politics and urbanization, and comparative public sector ethics.  His current research focuses on urban development in Western China, China’s national urbanization plan, the Communist Party’s online accountability system, provincial-level public corruption in China, and the role that indigenous Chinese political science plays within the global discipline. As a native Texan, he also has an academic and personal interest in both Texas and San Antonio politics and government.  He regularly contributes opinion and analysis pieces to both Chinese and U.S. media.  


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Oklahoma (1993)
    M.A., Political Science, University of Oklahoma (1987)
    B.A., Political Science and History, University of Oklahoma (1983)

Recent Courses

  • POL 1133 - Texas Politics and Society
  • GLA 5773 / POL 5773 - Foreign Policy Analysis
  • GLA 3783 / POL 3783 - Democracy and World Politics
  • GLA 3563 / POL 3563 - Current Issues in World Politics
  • GLA 4973 / POL 4873 - Seminar in Chinese Foreign Policy
  • GES 3573 / POL 3413 - Urban Planning and Development

Research in Progress


  • “Measuring Public Corruption in China: A Cross-Sectional Provincial Analysis.”
  • “China’s Polar Silk Road and Digital Silk Road Initiatives: Enhancing Arctic Digital Connectivity and Smart Infrastructure Development.” 
  • "The Belt and Road Initiative at Home: Advancing Economic Development in Western China.” 
  • “Comparative Policy Experimentation and Diffusion of Innovation: Implementing China's National Strategic Regional Plans.” 
  • “China a Decade after Wenchuan: Institutional Responsiveness and the Need for a National Emergency Management Agency” (with Michelle K. Carnahan).  

Recent Publications

Recent Work:

  • “Web 2.0: Considerations for Local Government.” Presented at INTED2020, the 14th Annual International Technology, Education and Development (INTED) Conference , Valencia, Spain, March, 2020.
  • “The Libertarian Party.” In Voting and Political Representation in America: Issues and Trends, Volume 1.  Mark P. Jones, Editor. (2020). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. 
  • “The Republican Party.” In Voting and Political Representation in America: Issues and Trends, Volume 2.  Mark P. Jones, Editor. (2020). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
  • “Five Years On: The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Urban Agglomeration.” Asia Dialogue (2019). (Essay).
  • “Review of Jude Blanchette’s China’s New Red Guards: The Return of Radicalism and the Rebirth of Mao Zedong.” (2020). Journal of Chinese Political Science, Volume 25, Number 4 (December): 689 – 691.
  • “Review of Peter Yu's Reinventing the Methodology of Studying Contemporary China.” (2019).  Journal of Chinese Political Science, Volume 24, Number 3 (September): 559-560.
  • “Dehegemonizing the Discipline: China’s Contribution to a Pluralist Political Science.” In Governance Innovation and Policy Change: Re-Calibrations of Chinese Politics under Xi Jinping, Nele Noesselt and Sujian Guo, Editors (2018).  Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books. (Book chapter).
  • 《学科去霸权化:中国对政治学多元化发展的贡献》(“Disciplinary Governance: China’s Contribution to the Diversification of Political Science.”) (2018). Exploration and Controversy, 30 (5): 53-57. (Journal article). 

Additional Information

Recent Media Appearances: 

  • Sputnik News - President's trip to Lone Star: Why Texans don't buy into narrative of Biden being consoler-in-chief
  • KSAT-TV - Q&A: Prof. Jon R. Taylor
  • Xinhua News Agency - Experts say Xi-Biden call bodes well for potential China-US cooperation
  • Tehran Times - China isn’t the USSR: Texas University professor
  • China Daily - United States not expected to oppose '22 Games
  • Global Times - Will Biden be able to lead US out of its dire predicament?
  • KABB-TV - Local historians, political experts react to unrest at Capitol Wednesday
  • China Daily - Xi's speech sets key goals for 2021
  • China Focus - Biden and China: An Opportunity for a Reset
  • WOAI-AM - Will Trump Jump to the Patriot Party? 
  • Houston Public Radio - Town Square with Ernie Manouse: The Year in Politics
  • BBC World Service Radio -  Newsday: The Second Trump Impeachment
  • Tehran Times - China, Russia have interest in improving Iran’s economy, military: Texas University professor 


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