Xinzhi Zhao

Position title: Ph.D. Candidate: Political Theory | Comparative Politics



Research Interests:

History of Political Thought, Political Philosophy


Xinzhi Zhao is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science, UW-Madison. She studies political theory with a second field in comparative politics. Her research areas include 17th– to 19th-century social and political thought, individualism and its critics, and philosophical reflections on the modern state and the market. She also has an enthusiasm to explore other topics and questions that can throw light on the meanings and possibilities of being a political animal in today’s world.

Xinzhi comes from Beijing, China. She received bachelor’s degrees in international politics and history (2012) and a master’s degree in comparative politics (2015) from Peking University. She has also been an exchange student at University of Tokyo and Seoul National University. Before coming to Madison, she studied political theory at Duke University as a master’s student and received an M.A. in political science from Duke in 2017.

TA for:

Political Science 463: Deception and Politics (TA for Daniel Kapust), Spring 2019

Political Science 160: Introduction to Political Theory (TA for Daniel Kapust), Fall 2018, Fall 2019