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Short biography

Shelley Rigger is the Brown Professor of East Asian Politics, Chair of Chinese Studies and Assistant Dean for Educational Policy at Davidson College. She has a PhD in Government from Harvard University and a BA in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University. She has been a visiting researcher at National Chengchi University in Taiwan (2005) and a visiting professor at Fudan University (2006) and Shanghai Jiaotong University (2013 & 2015). She is a non-resident fellow of the China Policy Institute at Nottingham University and a senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI). Rigger is the author of two books on Taiwan’s domestic politics, Politics in Taiwan: Voting for Democracy (Routledge 1999) and From Opposition to Power: Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (Lynne Rienner Publishers 2001). In 2011 she published Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse, a book for general readers. She has published articles on Taiwan’s domestic politics, the national identity issue in Taiwan-China relations and related topics. Her monograph, “Taiwan’s Rising Rationalism: Generations, Politics and ‘Taiwan Nationalism’” was published by the East West Center in Washington in November 2006. Currently she is working on a study of Taiwan’s contributions to the PRC’s economic take-off.

Major publications

  • Democratization in China, Korea, and Southeast Asia? Local and National Perspectives, Kate Xiao Zhou, Shelley Rigger, and Lynn T. White III, editors. London: Routledge, 2014.
  • 台灣為什麼重要?Taipei, Owl Publishing, 2013. (Chinese translation of Why Taiwan Matters).
  • Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse. Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield, 2011 and 2013
  • Taiwan’s Rising Rationalism: Generations, Politics and ‘Taiwanese Nationalism.’ East West Center, Washington, 2006.
  • From Opposition to Power: Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001.
  • Politics in Taiwan: Voting for Democracy. London: Routledge Publishers, 1999.

Research interests

  • Taiwan domestic politics
  • Cross-Strait relations