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

National Interest
While public support for self-defense has increased, low trust in the Taiwanese military and doubts about U.S. military assistance could overshadow this positive development.
BBC News
In Taiwan's nine-in-one election that just ended, the DPP lost a lot of land. In the capital city of Taipei, Chen Shizhong, who was favored at the beginning of the nomination, was reversed by Jiang Wanan of the Kuomintang; big cities such as Taoyuan, Keelung, and Hsinchu, whose municipalities were rated as five-star by the media, were unable to continue to govern, and the result shocked Taiwan's political circles.
National Interest
Voters turned against the ruling DPP due to their dissatisfaction with the party’s domestic performance, not because of their love for China.
The Diplomat
Taiwan held local elections for mayor/county magistrates and city council members on November 26. As many had predicted, the ruling party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), did not fare well. The number of DPP-controlled cities and counties narrowed further, from six to five, and its vote share drooped by around 5 percent compared to the party’s performance in the last midterm election in 2018.

Articles Featuring Austin Horng-En Wang

a female student sits in the grass by a tree reading a book
Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

Sunset from the outskirts of Taipei, Taiwan. (Thomas Tucker)
Business and Community | August 18, 2022

UNLV political science expert explains the history of the region, why the recent U.S. political visits anger China, and the influence of the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine graduates line up to cross the commencement stage
Campus News | December 30, 2021

A collection of 2021 headlines highlighting medical school milestones, a steady stronghold on diversity and research rankings, student success, and media mentions featuring faculty experts.

A man stocking shelfs at the food pantry
Campus News | December 8, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring research and accomplishment at UNLV.