YK Wang

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Yuan-kang Wang (YK)
Professor of Political Science
(269) 387-5701
3308 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5346
Mailing address: 
Department of Political Science
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5346 USA
Office hours: 

Monday and Wednesday, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
And by appointment.

  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Chicago, 2001
  • M.A., International Relations, Johns Hopkins University, 1995
Research interests: 
  • Research methods
  • Comparative politics international relations
  • International relations

Dr. Yuan-kang Wang is a professor of political science at Western Michigan University. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. Wang was an International Security Fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies.

Wang specializes in international relations, East Asian security and U.S.-China relations. His research examines the nexus between international relations theory and historical China.

Wang is author of Harmony and War: Confucian Culture and Chinese Power Politics (Columbia University Press, 2011), which examines the influence of Confucian culture on Chinese grand strategy, use of force and war aims. Wang has published articles on peripheral nationalism in China, nationalist mobilization during Taiwan’s democratization and U.S. extended deterrence in the Taiwan Strait.

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