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Chen Jian

The Huh-Shih Professor of History for US China Relations

Chen J

Office: 132 McGraw Hall

Office Hours: By Appointment

Phone: (607) 254-6262
Fax: (607) 255-0469


For more information and links to current courses, go to: History's Courses Page


Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, 1990
M.A. Fudan University and East China Normal University, 1982

Recent Publications and Awards

Books and Monographs

Mao's China and the Cold War (Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2001).

The China Challenge in the 21st Century: Implications for US Foreign Policy (Washington, DC: US Institute of Peace, 1998).

Chinese Communist Foreign Policy and the Cold War in Asia: New Documentary Evidence, 1944-1950. Co-edited with Zhang Shuguang (Chicago: Imprint Publications, 1996).

China's Road to the Korean War: The Making of the Sino-American Confrontation (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994).

Zouxiang quanqiu zhanzheng zhilu: erci dazhan qiyuan yanjiu (The Road to a Global War: A Chinese Study of the Origins of the Second World War, Shanghai: Xuelin, 1989).

Major Translations (From English to Chinese)

Lengzhan yu geming: sumei chongtu yu zhongguo neizhan de qiyuan (Cold War and Revolution: Soviet-American Rivalry and the Origins of the Chinese Civil War, by Odd Arne Westad, Columbia University Press 1993), co-trans. with Chen Zhihong (Guilin: Guanxi Normal University Press, 2002).

Jiaohun: 1768nian zhongguo yaoshu da konghuang (Soulstealers: The Chinese Sorcery Scare of 1768, by Philip A. Kuhn, Harvard University Press, 1990), co-trans. with Liu Chang (Shanghai: Shanghai Sanlian, 1999).

Selected Articles and Chapters (Since 2005)

“China and the Cold War after Mao,” in Odd Arne Westad and Melvyn Leffler eds. The Cambridge History of the Cold War,” vol. 3 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

“Bridging Revolution and Decolonization: The ‘Bandung Discourse’ in China’s Early Cold War Experience,” The Chinese Historical Review, vol.15, no. 2 (Fall 2008).

“China and the Bandung Conference: Changing Perceptions and Representations,” in See Seng Tan and Amitav Acharya eds., Bandung Revisited: A Conference’s Legacy and Relevance for International Order (Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2008).

 “The Chinese Communist ‘Liberation’ of Tibet, 1949-1951,” in Jeremy Brown and Paul G. Pickowicz eds. Dilemmas of Victory: The Early Years of the People’s Republic of China (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007).

“China and the Indochina Settlement at the Geneva Conference of 1954,” in Mark Lawrence and Frederik Logvall eds., The First Vietnam War: Colonial Conflict and Cold War Crisis (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007).

 “The Tibetan Rebellion of 1959 and China’s Changing Relations with India and the Soviet Union,” Journal of Cold War History, vol. 8, no. 3 (Summer 2006).

“China, the Vietnam War, and the Sino-American Rapprochement, 1968-1973,” in Odd Arne Westad and Sophie Quinn-Judge eds., Third Indochina War: Conflict between China, Vietnam and Cambodia, 1972-1979 (London: Frank Cass, 2006).

“Reading and Warning the Likely Enemy: China’s Signals to the United States about Vietnam in 1965,” co-authored with James G. Hershberg, International History Review, XXVII, no. 1 (March 2005).

“Maoism,” in Maryanne Cline Horowitz, ed., New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (New York, NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005).

Selected Awards, Fellowships and other Academic Honors

Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs, London School of Economics, 2008-2009.

Jeffrey Sean Lehman Grant for Scholarly Exchange with China, Cornell University, 2007.

Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2005- .

Sharing honors for the “Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in News and Documentary Research” ("Declassified: Nixon in China"), 2005.

Zijiang Distinguished Visiting Professor, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, 2000- .

Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship for International Peace, United States Institute of Peace, 1996-1997.

The Norwegian Nobel Institute Fellowship, Oslo, Norway, 1993


China and Asia Pacific Studies