BiographyBann Seng Tan is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Ashoka University, India. At Ahsoka, he teaches on International Relations and Comparative Politics. He received his PhD in Political Science from the Graduate Center at the City University New York (CUNY). Prior to joining Ashoka, he was an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Bogazici University, Turkey. He taught at the College of William and Mary, at Queens College (CUNY) and at Hunter College (CUNY) before. He was also a senior research scholar at New York University and is part of the AidData Research Consortium at William and Mary.
He does research on the causes and effects of democratization. His dissertation was on the effects of democratization on interstate conflict behavior (the democratic peace). His current research focus is on the effective use of foreign aid in democracy promotion. A secondary focus is on authoritarian reactions to disaster aid.
His first book, International Aid and Democracy Promotion: Liberalization at the Margins, articulates a way to promote political reforms despite the pushback by recipients and the indifference of Western donors.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Foreign Aid, Democratic Peace, Democratization, International Rivalry.
International Relations, Comparative Politics.