Hans H. Tung


Hans H. Tung is a University Excelsior Chair Professor and a professor of Political Science at National Taiwan University. He also holds a joint appointment as a professor in the Taipei School of Economics and Political Science at National Tsing Hua University. He received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. Currently, he is a non-resident research fellow at the V-Dem Regional Center for East Asia hosted by Keio University, and an Executive Committee Member of the Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences under Taiwan’s National Science and Technology Council. 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 coauthored several articles in academic journals such as Political Communication, Review of International Organizations, Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Theoretical Politics, 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 and political communication strategies 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 issued by the Political Communication Division of the International Communication Association in 2023.

Ph.D Harvard


Department of Political Science

National Taiwan University

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  1. Bullet[Research Article] Power Sharing and Media Freedom in Dictatorships. (with Greg Sheen, Academia Sinica and Wen-chin Wu, Academia Sinica). Political Communication 39(2): 202-221 (2022). (Open Access). The 2022 Kaid-Sanders Best Political Communication Article of the Year Award Winner! (Awardee Interview: 2022 Kaid-Sanders Best Article of the Year, Political Communication Report (Fall, 2023), APSA and ICA Political Communication Section/Division.)

  2. Bullet[Research Article] Tell me the Truth? Dictatorship and the Commitment to Media Freedom. (with Greg Sheen, Academia Sinica and Wen-chin Wu, Academia Sinica). Journal of Theoretical Politics 36(1): 37-63 (2024).

  3. Bullet[Research Article] WHO Approves? Relative Trust, the WHO, and China’s COVID-19 Vaccines. (with Greg Sheen, Academia Sinica, Chien-huei Wu, Academia Sinica, and Wen-chin Wu, Academia Sinica) Review of International Organizations 18(3): 499-521. (2023). (Open Access).

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

  5. 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 75(2): 269-300 (2024; SSRN Page).

  6. 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).

  7. Bullet[Book Chapter] Commitment Problem and Information Problem in Authoritarian Regimes. (with Greg Sheen, Academia Sinica, and Wen-chin Wu, Academia Sinica). In Lindstaedt and Van den Bosch (Eds.) Research Handbook on Authoritarianism. Cheltenham and Camberley: Edward Elgar Publishing. 2024.

  8. Bullet[Research Article] Compensation and the Consolidation of Authoritarian Power: Evidence from China's 2016 PLA Reform (with Victor Shih, UCSD and Keng-chi Chang, UCSD). UCSD 21st Century China Center Research Paper No. 2024-2. (Submitted)

  9. Bullet[Research Article] Historical Knowledge and Authoritarian Nostalgia: Evidence from Taiwan. (with Shu-Ting Wu, National Taiwan University). (R&R)

  10. Bullet[Research Article] Self-Selection of Infomration and Belief Updating: An Experiment on COVID-19 Vaccine Information. (with ChienHsun Lin, UCSB).

  11. Bullet[Research Article] China Watchers (with Franziska Keller, Bern and Johan A. Elkink, UCD). (submitted).

  12. Bullet[Research Article] Diffusion of Expert Opinion and the Risk of Echo Chambers (with Artur Baranov, UCD, Meadhbh Costello, UCD, Rachel Deák, UCD, Franziska Keller, Bern, Daniel Kelly, UCD and Johan A. Elkink, UCD). Presented at the 119th Annual Meeting of American Political Science Association, (Short Course: Innovations in Political Networks). Los Angeles. August 30, 2023.

  13. Bullet[Research Article] Electoral Defeat, Political Polarization, and Endogenous Time Horizon (with Chelsea C. Chou, NTU). To be presented at the 120th Annual Meeting of American Political Science Association. Philadelphia. September 5-8, 2024.

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