Shuang Wen

Shuang Wen (温爽)
Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Shuang Wen (or 温爽 in Chinese) is a historian of Modern China and the Middle East. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai as a Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Shuang held fellowships at the National University of Singapore and New York University Abu Dhabi. As a native Chinese speaker, she received intensive Arabic-language training from the American University in Cairo, University of Damascus, and Middlebury College. Before switching her career to academia, Shuang was a broadcast journalist for Phoenix Satellite Television InfoNews Channel in Hong Kong (香港鳳凰衛視資訊台, 2003–2006), covering major news events from the Middle East. Her forthcoming first book investigates the transformative processes of Chinese-Arab entanglements in the age of global empires from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of World War II.

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  • PhD, Transregional History (modern Middle East and East Asia)
    Georgetown University, USA
  • MA, Middle East Studies and Arabic
    American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • BA, English Language, Literature, and Culture
    University of International Relations, China

Research Interests

  • Chinese-Arab Social and Cultural Interactions in History
  • Modern Chinese History in the Global Context
  • Modern Arab History in the Global Context

Courses Taught

  • Seek Knowledge, even onto China: The Islamic World and China