Xinzhi Zhao

Ph.D. Student: Political Theory

Research Interests:

History of Political Thought, Political Philosophy


Xinzhi Zhao is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science, UW-Madison. She studies political theory with a second field in comparative politics. Her current research interests center on different imaginations of the modern state in the history of political thought, their corresponding conceptions of human life, and how and why these imaginations and conceptions have been and can be used to justify or criticize the actual practice of the contemporary politico-economic system. 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.