Shuang Wen

Shuang Wen (温爽)
Clinical Assistant Professor of History

Shuang Wen (or 温爽 in Chinese) is a historian of modern China and the Arab world. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, Prof. Wen held fellowships at the National University of Singapore and New York University Abu Dhabi. As a native Mandarin speaker, she received intensive Arabic-language training from the American University in Cairo, University of Damascus, Georgetown University, and Middlebury College.

Prof. Wen specializes in the multilayered interactions and exchanges between China and the Middle East, which comprises agricultural, diplomatic, intellectual, labor, medicinal, and religious affairs. Her research has been funded by the American Historical Association, Association for Asian Studies, Qatar Foundation, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, and German Ministry of Education and Research, and has been featured by the American Historical Association in “Member Spotlight.” Her forthcoming first monograph investigates the transformative processes of Arab-Chinese entanglements in the age of global empires from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of World War II.

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 breaking news events from the Middle East, and English-Mandarin-Cantonese simultaneous interpreter for live news coverage.


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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

  • MA, English-Chinese Simultaneous Interpretation and Translation
    Beijing Foreign Studies University, China

  • BA, English Language, Literature, and Culture
    University of International Relations, China

Research Interests

  • Chinese-Arab Social and Cultural Interactions

  • Modern Chinese History in the Global Context

  • Modern Arab History in the Global Context

Courses Taught

  • GCHN-SHU110  The Concept of China
  • GCHN-SHU165  China and the Islamic World

  • HIST-SHU130   Arab-Islamic Influence on the West

  • HIST-SHU265   The Emergence of the Modern Middle East and North Africa

  • HIST-SHU312   China Encounters the World

Faculty mentor:  Oral History Summer Apprenticeship