Dr. Lin Gang is distinguished professor of political science (2012—) and chairman of academic committee (2015—) at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s School of International and Public Affairs, director of Center for Taiwan Studies, and member of the University’s Academic Committee (2008—). He is also a vice president of Shanghai Society for Taiwan Studies (2015—) and senior research associate of Collaborative Innovation Center for Peaceful Development of Across-Strait Relations (2013—). He served as Program Associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center (1999-2005) and President of the Association of Chinese Political Studies (1998-1999). He has authored China’s Long Quest for Democracy (Palgrave, March 2016), The U.S. Policy toward Taiwan and Its Evolution in the New Era (Jiuzhou Press, forthcoming in 2015), A Study on Party Politics in Taiwan (Chinese Social Sciences Press, 2014), Taiwan’s Political Transition and the Evolution of Cross-Strait Relations (Jiuzhou Press, 2010), co-edited China after Jiang (Woodrow Wilson Center Press & Stanford University Press, 2003), Transition toward Post-Deng China (Singapore University Press, 2001) and Prospects for Cross-Taiwan Strait Developments (Hong Kong: Asia Sciences Press, 2000), co-authored Taiwan’s Political Transition (Hong Kong: Social Sciences Press, 1997), and contributed numerous articles and book chapters. He has frequently participated in international conferences held in the United States, Mainland China and Taiwan.
He was a recipient of the State Council Special Allowance for his outstanding contributions in social sciences, Shanghai Municipality First Class Award of Distinguished Works in Philosophy and Social Sciences in 2010 and 2016, and Kaiyuan Award of Best-Ten Teachers in Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2015. He was invited by the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference to attend and observer its 10th annual meeting in Beijing, March 2003. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Pennsylvania State University (1997), MA in Taiwan studies from Xiamen University (1984), and BA in history from Fujian Normal University (1982).His research interests include comparative politics, Chinese politics, democratic theory, Sino-U.S. relations, and the Taiwan issue.