Dr. Charles Wu

Dr. Charles Wu

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice


  • B.A. National Cheng Kung University, 2010 
  • M.I.A. Columbia University, 2014
  • Ph.D. Purdue University, 2021 


Dr. Charles Wu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at South. His primary research interests fall into the intersection between International Relations and American Politics, and his research agenda focuses on the factors that influence public opinion on military operations overseas. Dr Wu’s academic and policy work have been published in Social Politics, Scientific Data, Journal of East Asian Studies, Journal of Asian and African Studies, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, The National Interest, The Diplomat, and The Pacific Forum. His latest coauthored book is Presidentialism, Violence, and the Prospect of Democracy (Lexington Book, 2021).

Research and Teaching Interests

  • International Relations
  • East Asian Politics
  • Public Opinion
  • Social Movements
  • Experimental Methods
  • Terrorism

Example Publications

  • Yeh, Yao-Yuan and Charles K.S. Wu. 2021. “When War Hits Home: Taiwanese Public Support for War of Necessity.” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 21(2): 265–293. 
  • Yeh, Yao-Yuan and Charles K.S. Wu. 2020. “Diversionary Behavior for Weak States: A Case Study of Taiwan.” Journal of Asian and African Studies 55(2): 221-234. 
  • Wu, Charles K.S. 2019. “How Public Opinion Influence Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement?” Journal of East Asian Studies 19(3): 289-307.


  • PSC 270: International Relations 
  • PSC 372: American Foreign Policy