Ündes Wen

Tusi (Ündes) Wen is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in political economy and methodology, with regional expertise in China, East Asia, and Inner Asia. Situated at the intersection of political economy, comparative politics, and international relations, his research focuses on authoritarian regimes and their transformations. At the center of his research agenda is his dissertation, which investigates the strategies, consequences, and limitations of authoritarian control - including its potential implications for revolution and democratization. Highlighting the limitations of authoritarian control in the face of preference falsification and nonlinear social interdependence, his dissertation demonstrates how a boundedly rational autocrat can manipulate individual incentives for collective action, how such manipulations can visibly affect the society in the short-run, and how citizens' collective responses to such manipulations can overtly and covertly transform the society, producing unintended consequences in the long-run. Besides his dissertation, he is interested in ethnic politics and ethno-regional autonomy in authoritarian regimes, which extends to the study of nationalism and the formation of nation-states. Motivated by the puzzle of the East-West divergence, his broadest research agenda explores the causes and consequences of political centralization versus decentralization in historical contexts, for which his interests encompass East Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Methodologically, his research combines formal modeling, quantitative, and qualitative methods.

Tusi Wen

tusi.wen@duke.edu
Specialties
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Methods
Political Economy
Political Institutions