Jian Chen

Jian Chen
Director of NYU Shanghai-ECNU Center on Global History, Economy and Culture, Distinguished Global Network Professor of History, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Professor, NYU
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Jian Chen is the Director of the NYU Shanghai-ECNU Center on Global History, Economy and Culture, a Distinguished Global Network Professor of History at NYU Shanghai and a Global Network Professor at NYU. He is also Zijiang Distinguished Visiting Professor at East China Normal University. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he was the Michael J. Zak Professor of History for US-China Relations at Cornell University, Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics, and visiting research professor at the University of Hong Kong (2009-2013). He holds a PhD from Southern Illinois University and an MA from Fudan University and East China Normal University in Shanghai.

Chen is a leading scholar in modern Chinese history, the history of Chinese-American relations, and Cold War international history. Among his many publications are China's Road to the Korean War (1994), The China Challenge in the 21st Century: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy (1997), and Mao's China and the Cold War (2001). He is now completing a diplomatic and political biography of Zhou Enlai.

Chen was the recipient of the Jeffrey Sean Lehman Grant for Scholarly Exchange with China, Cornell University, 2007, and a chief faculty speaker for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Institute, "New Sources and Findings on Cold War International History," held at the George Washington University in the summer of 1999. His other fellowships include the Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship for International Peace (United States Institute of Peace, 1996-1997) and the Norwegian Nobel Institute Fellowship (Oslo, Norway, 1993). In addition, in 2005 he shared in the honors for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in News and Documentary Research for Declassified: Nixon in China.



  • PhD, History
    Southern Illinois University
  • MA, History
    Fudan University and East China Normal University

Research Interests

  • History of Chinese-American Relations
  • Modern Chinese History
  • Chinese Foreign Policy and Security Strategies
  • Cold War International History

Courses Taught

  • 20th-Century East Asia-U.S. Relations
  • China Encounters the World
  • China Goes Global: How China and the World Changed Each Other
  • Reading and Viewing Modern China
  • The New Cold War History