Shuang Wen

Shuang Wen (温爽)
Clinical Assistant Professor of History

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

Courses Taught

  • China and The Islamic World
  • The Concept of China
  • China Encounters the World