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

BBC News
"Is Taiwan an independent country?" Taiwan has its own citizens, government, and diplomatic allies. However, due to territorial ownership issues with China, it has been difficult to participate in international activities and organizations, and it is difficult to call itself a "country" to the outside world. In any case, behind every yes or no answer, the threat from China across the Taiwan Strait will be more or less taken into consideration, affecting Taiwanese people and the future of this island.
The CCP often uses unscrupulous means to achieve its goals. Musk changed his itinerary and made a surprise visit to Beijing, unexpectedly receiving the gift of Tesla lifting the ban. Fully autonomous driving is related to the core technology of electric vehicles and unmanned vehicles for future warfare. Is the CCP trying to win over Musk to use Tesla to break through, or is it setting a trap to divide the United States?
MIT Technology Review
For most people around the world, Meta’s text-based social network Threads is a platform that they haven’t thought of for months. But for Liu, a design professional in Taipei, it’s where she’s receiving unprecedented attention.
Cyber News
Eve Smith, co-founder of custom print-on-demand products service PrintKK, readily admits that her company has been navigating the fine line between fulfilling government contracts and maintaining international business relationships.

Articles Featuring Austin Horng-En Wang

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Campus News | December 4, 2023

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Campus News | October 2, 2023

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Campus News | August 1, 2023

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Campus News | September 1, 2022

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