Kharis Templeman is the Project Manager of the Taiwan Democracy and Security Project in the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative, and a social science research scholar at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford University. A proficient Mandarin speaker, he has lived, worked, and traveled extensively in both Taiwan and the People's Republic of China.His current research includes projects on party system institutionalization and partisan realignments, electoral integrity and manipulation in East Asia, the politics of defense spending in Taiwan, and the representation of Taiwan’s indigenous minorities. His most recent publication is "When Do Electoral Quotas Advance Indigenous Representation?: Evidence from the Taiwanese Legislature," in Ethnopolitics. He is also the editor (with Larry Diamond and Yun-han Chu) of Taiwan’s Democracy Challenged: The Chen Shui-bian Years (2016, Lynne Rienner Publishing). Other work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, the Taiwan Journal of Democracy, the International Journal of Taiwan Studies, and the APSA Annals of Comparative Democratization.