Hans H. Tung


Hans H. Tung is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and a faculty associate of the Behavioral and Data Science Research Center and the Center for Research in Econometric Theory and Applications at National Taiwan University. He is a non-resident research fellow at the V-Dem Regional Center for East Asia hosted by Keio University, and serves on the editorial boards for Humanities & Social Sciences Communications (Nature Portfolio), PLOS ONE, and the Cambridge University Press book series on Taiwan Studies. Currently, he is also an Executive Committee member of the Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences under Taiwan’s National Science and Technology Council. He received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. He previosuly taught international political economy, political economy of authoritarianism, and Chinese politics at National Chengchi University and University of Vienna. He is primarily interested in formal and empirical analyses of the political-economic dynamics under authoritarian rule at both macro and micro levels, and has authored and co-authored several articles in academic journals such as Political Communication, Review of International Organizations, Public Opinion Quarterly, Social Science & Medicine, Nature Communications, Japanese Economic Review, and PNAS Nexus. More specifically, one strand of his research seeks to uncover the political logic of institutional development under authoritarian regimes. A second strand of his research explores more fundamentally individuals’ political-economic decision-making through experimental methods and data. A third strand builds on the theoretical insights developed from other parts of his research to address various issues regarding how China’s rise on the world stage affects the regional dynamics in East Asia. His coauthored article, Power Sharing and Media Freedom in Dictatorships, won the 2022 Kaid-Sanders Best Political Communication Article of the Year Award by the Political Communication division of the International Communication Association.

Ph.D Harvard

Associate Professor

Associate Chair

Department of Political Science

National Taiwan University

1 Sec. 4 Roosevelt Rd.

Social Sciences Building 745

Taipei 10617 Taiwan ROC

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  1. Bullet[Research Article] WHO Approves? Relative Trust, the WHO, and China’s COVID-19 Vaccines. (with Greg Sheen, NCKU, Chien-huei Wu, Academic Sinica, and Wen-chin Wu, Academic Sinica) Review of International Organizations forthcoming (2023). (Open Access).

  2. Bullet [Research Article] Policy Experts or Politicians? Citizen Responses to Vaccine Endorsements across 5 OECD Countries. (with Greg Sheen, NCKU, Joan Barcelo Soler, NYUAD, and Wen-chin Wu, Academic Sinica). Public Opinion Quaterly 87(1): 142–155 (2023).

  3. Bullet[Research Article] Ambiguity and Self-Protection: Evidence from Social Distancing under the COVID-19 Pandemic. (with Daiki Kishishita, Tokyo University of Science and Charlotte Wang, Columbia). Japanese Economic Review forthcoming (2023; SSRN Page).

  4. Bullet[Research Article] How Do Alliances Trade Arms? Political Alliance Networks and Global Arms Transfers.. (with Chelsea C. Chou, NTU and Terry Teng, NTU) PLOS ONE 18(3):e0282456 (2023).

  5. Bullet[Research Article] Power Sharing and Media Freedom in Dictatorships. (with Greg Sheen, NCKU and Wen-chin Wu, Academic Sinica). Political Communication 39(2): 202-221 (2022). (Open Access). The 2022 Kaid-Sanders Best Political Communication Article of the Year Award Winner!

  6. Bullet[Research Article] Vaccine Nationalism among the Public: A Cross-country Experimental Evidence of Own-country Bias towards COVID-19 Vaccination. (with Greg Sheen, NCKU, Joan Barcelo Soler, NYUAD, and Wen-chin Wu, Academic Sinica). Social Science & Medicine 310: 115278 (2022). (Open Access).

  7. Bullet[Research Article] National Identity Predicts Public Health Support during a Global Pandemic. (with Jay J. Van Bavel, NYU, Aleksandra Cichocka, Kent, Charles Crabtree, Dartmouth, Yusaku Horiuchi, Dartmouth, Ming-Jen Lin, NTU, et al.). Nature Communications 13, 517 (2022). (Open Access; nature portfolio: Behind the Paper; Selected into Editors' Highlights; NSTC Facebook Post )

  8. Bullet[Special Issue Editorship] A Special Issue on Hong Kong’s Anti-ELAB Movement. (with Yuko Kasuya, Keio) Japanese Journal of Political Science 22(4), 2021.

  9. Bullet[Research Article] Noisy Signaling and the Consolidation of Dictatorial Control (with Victor Shih, UCSD and Keng-chi Chang, UCSD). Presented at the 118th Annual Meeting of American Political Science Association, September 14-18, 2022; Political Elites in Comparative and Historical Perspective.Columbia University, November 11-12, 2022.

  10. Bullet[Research Article] Tell me the Truth? Dictatorship and the Commitment to Media Freedom. (with Greg Sheen, NCKU and Wen-chin Wu, Academic Sinica). (R&R)

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