Alex Tan profile

ProfessorAlex Tan

Head of Department
Elsie Locke Building 618
Internal Phone: 95191
To understand the political, social and economic world through research and teaching.

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Alex Tan is Head of Department and Professor of Political Science and International Relations (University of Canterbury), Honorary Professor (NZ Defence Force Command and Staff College), Associate Director (NZ Contemporary China Research Centre), Fellow (John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, Dallas, Texas, USA), adjunct University Chair Professor of Political Science (National Chengchi University, Taiwan) and appointed as member of the Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control (PACDAC). He is recipient of many teaching awards including the University Lecturer of the Year (2014), College of Arts (CoA) Lecturer of the Year (2014, 2017), CoA Teaching Excellence Award (2015), finalist for CoA Lecturer of the Year (2013, 2019). He received his PhD (Political Science) from Texas A&M University, MA (Economics) from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and AB (Economics) from the Ateneo de Manila. Before joining Canterbury, he is tenured associate professor at the University of North Texas, postdoctoral fellow at the Southern Methodist University (Dallas), banker with HSBC, and research fellow at Taiwan Institute of Economic Research. He was visiting scholar at universities in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, and Taiwan and represented NZ in Track II security and economic dialogues. Alex is editorial board member of international academic journals such as Political Behavior, Political Science, Asian Survey, Issues and Studies, Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, Croatian Political Science Review, Journal of Electoral Studies, and Korean Journal of International Studies. He writes extensively in the areas of political parties and elections, political economy, Asian politics and international affairs.

Recent Publications

  • Clark C., Tan A. and Ho K. (2021) Introduction. Taiwan at a Crossroads. In Clark C; Ho K; Tan A (Ed.), Taiwan: Environmental, Political and Social Issues New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Clark C., Tan AC. and Ho K. (2021) Partisan Polarization and Fragmentation in the Taiwanese Electorate: Evidence from the 2020 Elections. In Clark C; Ho K; Tan A (Ed.), Taiwan: Environmental, Political and Social Issues New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Clark C; Ho K; Tan AC (Ed.) (2021) Taiwan: Environmental, Political and Social Issues. New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Mills K. and Tan AC. (2021) Social Bases and the Political Economy of Development. In Clark C; Benavides EC (Ed.), Political Economy: Theories, Principles and Politics New York: Nova Science Publishers. http://dx.doi.org/10.52305/LZDN5428.
  • Tan A. (2021) Taiwan: Party system of a young consolidated democracy. Madrid, Spain: International Conference on Political Parties and the Crisis of Democracy, 7-9 Oct 2021.