MELANIE MENG XUE
Assistant Professor of Economic History
London School of Economics
London WC2A 2AE
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I am Assistant Professor of Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). My research interests include political economy, gender, folklore, and early modern and modern Chinese history.
My work examines the rise of women, the self-perpetuation of authoritarian regimes, and the origin and evolution of antisocial behavior. By tracing the impact of historical events over time and in various institutional settings, my work centers on the role of values, beliefs and norms in shaping economic and political disparities.
In my research of oral traditions, through analyzing folklore themes, I discovered traditional narratives are an important source of modern values. This line of inquiry has produced a global dataset of values and beliefs across countries and ethnicities. A short summary of the project can be found here; full datasets are available here.