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Dr Kai Quek 郭全鎧

Associate Professor

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Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
Cornell UniversityB.A.
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyPh.D.

Assistant Professor: Ph.D., MIT; B.A., Cornell University. His dissertation studies rationalist causes of war with randomized experiments, historical research, and a comparative analysis of all interstate wars fought in East Asia since 1900. His research combines substantive interests with practical methodological applications. Substantive interests: Global-level strategic interactions, international security, East Asia, causes and prevention of war. Methodological interest: Application of experimental methods to high-stake questions that are difficult to address with observational data - such as the causes of nuclear war, the credibility of costly signals, and the vote-share effects of alternative electoral systems.

Current research: (i) Efficacious signaling and communication between states; (ii) the dynamics of crisis deescalation; (iii) nationalism and identity effects in Sino-Japanese disputes (with Alastair Iain Johnston). The third project is an attempt to bridge the rationalist and constructivist traditions in international relations, in order to better understand how identity concerns impact the calculus of conflict.

Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
2020-06-01Best Article Award, Journal of Experimental Political Science: American Political Science Association
Research Achievement
2002-09-01Cornell Presidential Research Scholarship: Cornell University, USA
Research Achievement
2007-09-01MIT Presidential Fellowship: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
05/2011-05/2019MemberAmerican Political Science Association
05/2011-05/2019MemberInternational Studies Association
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Area of Expertise:
Area of Expertise (EN)Area of Expertise (ZH)
Local-level policy pathologies
International politics of East Asia
Global-level strategic interactions
Experimental political science
Causes and prevention of war
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