Victor Shih is an associate professor of political economy and the Ho Miu Lam Chair in China and Pacific Relations at UC San Diego. He is an expert on the politics of Chinese banking and fiscal policies and is well-versed in the elite politics of China as well. Shih has published two books, “Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflic and Inflation” (Cambridge Press, 2007) and “Coalitions of the Weak: Elite Politics in China from Mao’s Stratagem to the Rise of Xi” (Cambridge Press, 2022). He is the editor of “Economic Shocks and Authoritarian Stability: Duration, Institutions and Financial Conditions” published by the University Michigan Press, and has been published in numerous journals including The American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics, The China Quarterly, and Party Politics.

Shih’s current work looks at the activities of the Chinese elite and of Chinese defense firms globally. He is also maintaining a biographical database on Chinese elites.

Victor Shih earned his B.A. in East Asian Studies from George Washington University and completed his Ph.D. in Government, from Harvard University in 2003.