Alex Tan

ProfessorAlex Tan

Head of Department
Elsie Locke Building Rm 601
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 New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College, Associate Director of the NZ Contemporary China Research Centre, Senior Fellow of the University of Nottingham China Policy Institute (UK), Fellow of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies (Dallas, USA), and University Chair Professor of Political Science (adjunct) at National Chengchi University (Taiwan). He is recipient of the 2017 UCSA College of Arts Lecturer of the Year, 2015 College of Arts Teaching Excellence Award and the 2014 UCSA University and College of Arts Lecturer of the Year Awards. He received his PhD (Political Science) from Texas A&M University, MA (Economics) from University of California-Santa Barbara, and AB (Economics) from the Ateneo de Manila. Before joining UC, he was tenured associate professor at the University of North Texas, worked as a banker with HSBC and research economist at Taiwan Institute of Economic Research. He was visiting scholar in universities in the USA, Germany, Japan, and Taiwan and has represented New Zealand in numerous international Track II security and economic dialogues. Alex is editorial board member of several top international political science journals such as Electoral Studies, Political Science, Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs. He has published extensively in the areas of political parties and elections, political economy, Asian politics and international affairs.

Recent Publications

  • Tan AC., Clark C. and Ho K. (2018) Confronting the Costs of its Past Success: Revisiting Taiwan’s Post-authoritarian Political and Economic Development. Asian Politics and Policy 10(3): 460-484.
  • Tan AC., Ho K. and Clark C. (2017) Politicized to Mobilize? A Longitudinal Study of First-Time Voters’ Voting Intentions in Taiwan, 2004-2016. Journal of Electoral Studies 24(2) 4: 97-115.
  • Tan AC., Liu FC-S. and Chang RY-P. (2017) The Spiral of Deinstitutionalization Untangled: An Observation about the Field Opinion within Kuomintang against Public Opinion during the 2016 Presidential Election Campaign. Issues and Studies 53(2): 19.
  • Clark C. and Tan AC. (2016) Identity and Integration as Conflicting Forces Stimulating the Sunflower Movement and the Kuomintang's Loss in the 2014 Elections. Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations: An International Journal 2(1): 313-349.
  • Harmel R., Tan AC., Janda K. and Smith J. (2016) Manifestos and the “two faces” of parties: Addressing both members and voters with one document. Party Politics : 11.