Meet the GSP 2013 Faculty

Pablo M. Pinto, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and a member of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, will teach the Chile segment of the Global Scholars Program. Professor Pinto’s areas of expertise are international and comparative political economy, with a regional focus in Latin America and East Asia. His main research analyzes the causes and consequences of globalization of production. 

Xiaodan Zhang, Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, will teach the Beijing, China, segment of the Global Scholars Program. Professor Zhang is an associate professor at York College, CUNY. Her research focuses on changing labor relations during economic reform in China, the sociology of work and organization, and gender studies.

Xiaobo Lü, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, will teach the Beijing, China, segment of the Global Scholars Program. Professor Lü teaches courses on Chinese politics, political economy, and comparative politics. His research interests include post-socialist transition, corruption and good governance, regulatory reforms, and
government-business relations.


Meet the GSP 2013 Teaching Assistants

Xian Huang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. Her research interests include Chinese politics, comparative political economy, social welfare and labor politics. Xian was a teaching assistant at Columbia for courses in Chinese politics, Chinese foreign policy, international politics, and social welfare in America and around the world. She is the author of “Collective Wage Bargaining and State-Corporatism in Contemporary China”, in The Chinese Corporatist State: Adaption, Survival and Resistance, edited by J.Y. J. Hsu and R. Hasmath. Routledge (Nov. 2012) and “The Politics of Social Welfare Reform in Urban China: Social Welfare Preferences and Reform Policies”, Journal of Chinese Political Science, 18:1(Jan. 2013). Xian is writing her PhD dissertation on Chinese social health insurance reform from 1998 to 2010 with a focus on its income and risk redistribution impacts.

Xian holds BA degrees in political science and economics from Peking University and MA degrees in political science from Peking University and Columbia University. During her six-year study in Beijing, Xian worked as a research assistant at the Research Center for Contemporary China at Peking University. Her articles have appeared in some Chinese scholarly journals.


Giancarlo Visconti is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, specializing in comparative politics and with a regional focus on Latin America. His research interests include the origins and effects of political institutions, legislative politics and political parties.

Before coming to Columbia, he was a member of the research team for the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP Chile) and worked at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the State of Democracy Project. He was also a teaching assistant at Pontificia Universidad Católica and Diego Portales University (Political Organization in Chile, Latin American Political Processes Introduction to Comparative Politics, etc.).

Giancarlo obtained a BA in Political Science at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 2010.