Kharis Templeman is the Project Manager of the Taiwan Democracy and Security Project and a Social Science Research Scholar at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford University. He is also a teaching affiliate at Stanford’s Center for East Asian Studies, where he teaches a regular course on Taiwan politics and advises undergraduate and master’s students with interests in Taiwan, mainland China, and East and Southeast Asia. A proficient Mandarin speaker, he has lived, worked, and traveled extensively in both Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China. Dr. Templeman’s research interests include causes and consequences of democratization, elections and election management, parties and party systems, and regional security challenges in Pacific Asia, particularly as they pertain to Taiwan. He is the editor (with Larry Diamond and Yun-han Chu) of Taiwan’s Democracy Challenged: The Chen Shui-bian Years (2016). Other peer-reviewed work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Ethnopolitics, The Taiwan Journal of Democracy, and The APSA Annals of Comparative Democratization. Dr. Templeman is also a regional manager for the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Project, and he previously served as coordinator of the American Political Science Association’s Conference Group on Taiwan Studies (CGOTS). He holds a BA (2003) from the University of Rochester and a PhD (2012) in political science from the University of Michigan.