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 at the University of Canterbury, Honorary Professor of the NZ Defence Force Command and Staff College, Associate Director of the NZ Contemporary China Research Centre, Fellow of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies (Dallas, Texas, USA), University Chair Professor of Political Science (adjunct) at 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 prominent 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

  • Tan A. and Mills K. (2021) Now The Hard Yard Begins for Team Biden. The Christchurch Press: 22-22. Christchurch, New Zealand: The Christchurch Press. [The Press].
  • Vanvari N. and Tan AC. (2021) India, Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific: Economic–Security Strategic Partnership and Expected Utility Theory. Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs 8(1): 98-126. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2347797021992531.
  • Wong AC. and Tan AC. (2021) The Philippines’ Institutionalised Alliance with the US: Surviving Duterte’s China Appeasement Policy. National Security Journal 3(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.36878/nsj20210317.04.
  • Clark C., Tan AC. and Ho K. (2020) Partisan Polarization and Fragmentation in the Taiwanese Electorate: Evidence from the 2020 Elections. San Francisco, California: 2020 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, 9-13 Sep 2020.
  • Clark C., Tan AC. and Ho K. (2020) Was 2016 a Realigning Election in Taiwan? Asian Survey 60(6): 1006-1028. http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/as.2020.60.6.1006.