Pei-te Lien

Department of Political Science

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Ellison 3709


Professor Lien’s primary research interest is the political participation and representation of Asian and other nonwhite Americans. Most of her recent work examines the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, and nativity in political behavior, both of the elites and the mass. She is a co-principal investigator of the Gender and Multicultural Leadership project and a co-author of a forthcoming book Contested Transformation: Race, Gender, and Political Leadership in 21st Century America (Cambridge UP, 2016) based on this project.

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Ph.D., University of Florida, 1995


In addition to journal articles and book chapters, Lien has published four other book titles.  The Making of Asian America Through Political Participation (Temple UP, 2001), received the 2002 best book award on political participation, voting, elections, and political behavior from the American Political Science Association's Division on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. The Politics of Asian Americans: Diversity and Community (Routledge, 2004), coauthored with M. Margaret Conway and Janelle Wong, is based on her National Science Foundation-sponsored Pilot National Asian American Political Survey (SES-9973435). The dataset is available online as ICPSR Study No. 3832.  Co-edited with Chris Collet, The Transnational Politics of Asian Americans (Temple UP, 2009) explores the world of political transnationalism regarding various Asian American groups.

Lien served as co-President of the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association for 2007-2009 and was on the Council of the American Political Science Association (2006) and the Western Political Science Association (2009-2012).  She is a founding co-chair of the Asian Pacific American Caucus, a related group of the American Political Science Association. She is also a founding member of the APSA Committee on the Status of Asian Americans and the APSA Committee on First Generation Americans. At the WPSA, she helped establish and chair its Status Committee on Asian Pacific Americans in the Profession. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy,and is an incoming co-editor of the journal on Politics, Groups and Identity.


(Selected most recent three years)

Hardy-Fanta, Carol, Pei-te Lien, Dianne Pinderhughes, and Christine Sierra. 2016. Contested Transformations: Race, Gender and Political Leadership in Twenty-First Century America. New York: Cambridge University Press. (forthcoming)

Lien, Pei-te. 2016a. “The Political Participation of Asian Americans.” In Cindy I-Fen Cheng eds., The Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies. New York: Routledge. (forthcoming)

Filler, Nicole, and Pei-te Lien. 2016. “Asian Pacific Americans in U.S. Politics: Gender and Pathways to Elected Office.” Pp. 218-233 in Nadia Brown and Sarah Allen Gershon eds., Distinct Identities: Minority Women in U.S. Politics. New York: Routledge. 

Harvie, Jeanette Yih and Pei-te Lien. 2016. "Minority Voting in the United States: East Asian Americans." Pp. 283-303 in Kyle Kreider and Thomas Bladino eds., Minority Voting in the United States. Praeger.

Lien, Pei-te. 2015a. “Comparing Political Socialization in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan: Perspectives on the Teaching and Learning of Citizenship.” Taiwan Journal of Democracy 11(2): 109-136.

Lien, Pei-te. 2015b. "Asian American and Politics." Pp. 67-73 in Michael Shally-Jensen ed., American Political Culture: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Lien, Pei-te. 2015c. “Reassessing Descriptive Representation by Women and Men of Color: New Evidence at the Subnational Level.” Urban Affairs Review 51(2): 239-262.

Lien, Pei-te. 2014a. "Democratization and Citizenship Education Changing Identity Politics and Shifting Paradigms of Teaching and Learning in Taiwan." Taiwan Journal of Democracy 10(2): 25-48.

Lien, Pei-te. 2014b. “When Race No Longer Predicts Minority Status and Identity.” Politics, Groups and Identity 4(3).  

Lien, Pei-te, and Dean Chen. 2013. “The Evolution of Taiwan's Policies toward the Political Participation of Citizens Abroad in Homeland Governance.” Pp. 42-58 in Chee-Beng Tan ed., Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Diaspora. New York: Routledge.




PS 15

Introduction to Research in Political Science

PS 160 

Asian American Politics 

PS 161

U.S. Minority Politics

PS 106IP

U.S. Immigration Policy and Politics 

PS 196

Senior Seminar in Political Science





PS 503

Directed Research on Dissertation Prospectus

PS 263

Seminar on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in American Politics