I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Duke University. My first field is Behavior and Identity and the second field is Methodology. I received B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Political Science from National Taiwan University.
My dissertation focuses on how intertemporal choice, or the so-called patience and discounting factor, influences political participation and policy preference in both the individual and the group levels. Through representative surveys and survey experiments in the U.S., Taiwan, and Ukraine, I show that intertemporal choice helps explain sociotropic voting and redistributive preference. I also identify under what condition did the linkage between intertemporal choice and turnout exist through survey experiment, and how the intertemporal choice helps mobilization in the early stage of mass demonstration. My findings suggest that how people view the future has an unignorable impact on the process of democratization.
My research interests broadly include political behavior, political psychology, and Taiwan politics in comparative perspectives. My publication on the change of Taiwanese Identity can be found on Asian Survey (forthcoming). My ongoing projects include the long-term effect of violent repression on elections (case of the White Terror in Taiwan), the impact of the extreme candidates on voter’s perception, Taiwan party politics, and online political participation.
Father of one 3yr son Rong and one 6mo daughter Elaina.
Austin Horng-En Wang
Department of Political Science
326 Perkins Library Box 90204
Durham, NC 27708
Curriculum Vitae (Last update: Jun. 11, 2017)