- B.A., Royal Military College of Canada
- M.A., Queen's University
- Ph.D. in progress, University of Toronto
Cheng is a former Canadian Armed Forces infantry officer and paratrooper with overseas deployment experience. His doctoral thesis aims to develop a theory of the impacts of social relations on insurgent mobilization and civil war outcomes with a focus on the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Cheng is a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholar. He was a Cadieux-Léger Fellow and senior policy analyst within the Strategic Policy Branch of Global Affairs Canada. Cheng is also an Ambassador for the International Institute of Genocide and Human Rights. His recent publications include:
Xu, Cheng. (Forthcoming). “Cherry-picking Tradition and Selective Modernization: Pathways of Conflict Resolution from the Indigenous Cordillerans of the Philippines.” Civil Wars.
Bertrand, Jacques & Cheng Xu. (2023). “Indigenous Groups and Ethnic Minorities”. In Routledge Handbook of Civil and Uncivil Society in Southeast Asia, edited by Eva Hansson and Meredith Weiss. London: Routledge.
Xu, Cheng. (2020). “Critical Barriers to Joint-Production: Datu Politics and Insurgent Fragmentation in Southern Philippines.” Third World Quarterly 41, no. 5: 881-897.