Austin Horng-En Wang

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Expertise: Asia Politics, Taiwan Politics, Taiwan-China-US relationship, Public Opinion and Election


Austin Horng-En Wang is an expert on voting behavior, East Asian politics, and political psychology. His dissertation examined the relationship between temporal discounting and political participation through survey and experiments in the U.S., Taiwan, and Ukraine. His current research explores the long-term effect of political repression and attitude toward war in East Asia.

Wang’s commentary on Asian politics have appeared in The Washington Post, The National Interest, and Huffington Post, among others. His research has been published in highly respected journals, including Political Research Quarterly, Electoral Studies, Asian Survey, and Social Science Research.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Duke University
  • M.A., Political Science, National Taiwan University
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University

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Austin Horng-En Wang In The News

Hoover Institution
December 14, 2020
During the Ma Ying-jeou presidency in Taiwan (2008-2016), confrontations over relations with the People’s Republic of China stressed the country’s institutions, leading to a political crisis. Nevertheless, as documented in Dynamics of Democracy in Taiwan, a new book edited by Kharis Templeman, Yun-han Chu, and Larry Diamond, its democracy proved to be resilient. In this discussion, several of the book’s contributors will reflect on the politics of this era, and what subsequent developments tell us about the enduring strengths and weaknesses of Taiwan’s democracy.
The National Interest
September 30, 2020
Although some still hold a positive outlook for the trajectory of U.S.-China relations, many more now see different versions of a Cold War 2.0 as the basis for the interactions of the two hegemons. As more countries around the world start to flock to either one of the two camps, Taiwan, sandwiched in this rising power rivalry, has also been thinking about its next step. Some have advocated Taiwan follow a hedging policy or maintaining an equal distance between both countries to maximize its flexibility should geopolitics change dramatically. Such a viewpoint is wrong. As U.S.-China rivalry intensifies, it is in Taiwan’s best interests to stand closely with the United States and its allies as a global partner. It is also essential for U.S. policymakers to understand the Taiwanese debate dynamics on U.S. and China policy because U.S. policy vis-à-vis Taiwan certainly shape the broader agenda.
The National Interest
September 4, 2020
On July 22, 2020, the State Department announced that it has directed China to close its consulate in Houston for the purpose of “protecting intellectual property and private information of U.S. citizens.”
Radio Free Asia
September 1, 2020
Top academic publisher Springer Nature has once more sparked concerns over its censorship of topics regarded as politically sensitive by Beijing.

Articles Featuring Austin Horng-En Wang

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Campus News | January 5, 2021
A collection of stories highlighting UNLV experts and their analysis of all things politics in 2020.
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Campus News | July 2, 2020
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Campus News | September 25, 2019
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