Pei-te Lien

Department of Political Science


American Politics, Identity, Asian American Politics, U.S. Racial and Ethnic Politics, Public Opinion and Political Behavior

Affiliated with Asian American Studies, Black Studies, and Feminist Studies





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 Contested Transformation: Race, Gender, and Political Leadership in 21st Century America (Cambridge UP, 2016) based on this project which won the 2017 Distinguished Career Book Award from the American Political science Association Section on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. In 2018, she co-edited for the WPSA journal Politics, Groups, and Identities a special issue on Asian Pacific American Studies (6:3). 

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 a co-editor of the journal on Politics, Groups and Identity.


Aoki, Andrew, and Pei-te Lien. Eds. 2018. Politics, Groups, and Identities 6(3): 331-527. (Special Issue on Asian Pacific American Politics).

Lien, Pei-te, and Rhoanne Esteban. 2018. “Korean Americans and Electoral Politics.” In A Companion to Korean American Studies, eds. Rachael Joo and Shelley Lee. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishing, pp. 585-607.

Lien, Pei-te, and Jeanette Y. Harvie. 2018. “Unpacking Chinese America: The Political Participation of Taiwanese Americans in Early 21st Century U.S.” Journal of Asian American Studies 21(1):31-63.

Harvie, Jeanette Yih, and Pei-te Lien. 2017. “The Political Socialization of Taiwanese American Immigrants.” Chinese America: History and Perspectives (2017): 1-11.

Lien, Pei-te. 2017. “The Political Participation of Asian Americans.” In Cindy I-Fen Cheng eds., The Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies. New York: Routledge, pp. 355-366.

Swain, Katie, and Pei-te Lien. 2017. “Structural and Contextual Factors Regarding the Accessibility of Elective Office for Women of Color at the Local Level.” Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy 38(2): 128-150.

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.  

Lien, Pei-te. 2016. “Understanding Chinese Citizenship and Citizenship Education:  Comparing Teachers’ Perspectives in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.” In Samuel CY Ku ed., Migration in East and Southeast Asia. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, pp. 3-33.

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

Harvie, Jeanette Yih, and Pei-te Lien. 2016. “Minority Voting in the United States: East Asian Americans.” In Kyle Kreider and Thomas Baldino eds. Minority Voting in the United States, Vol. 2. Praeger, 283-303.