- Doctoral Candidate
- School of Public Administration
Xian’s research focuses on digital governance and collaboration in local government. Her dissertation investigates how to foster the use of collaborative technology to improve government performance.
Xian’s research projects have received two UNO Graduate Research and Creative Activity grants. She is the winner of the Digital Governance Junior Scholar Award for the 2019 ASPA conference, the Best Student Paper Award for the 2017 Midwest Public Affairs Conference, and the Asian Scholarship Award for the 2016 ASPA conference. Xian is also the program committee member of the 20th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o 2019) and the 6th International Conference on eDemocracy & eGovernment (ICEDEG 2019).
MA, Political Theory
China University of Mining and Technology (Xuzhou, China)
BA, Public Administration
China University of Mining and Technology
Introduction to Public Administration (Undergraduate)
Strategic Planning (Undergraduate)
Publications and Grants
Gao, X. (2018). Networked co-production of 311 services: Investigating use of Twitter in five U.S. cities. International Journal of Public Administration, 41(9):712-724.
Gao, X., & Lee, J. (2017). E-government services and social media adoption: Experience of small local governments in Nebraska State. Government Information Quarterly, 34(4), 627-634.
Graduate Research and Creative Activity Grant ($5,000) in 2017 &2019.