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 Arab world. 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. She received a PhD in Transregional History (modern Middle East and East Asia) from Georgetown University and an MA in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo. As a native Mandarin speaker, she received additional intensive Arabic-language training from the University of Damascus 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, 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 the Global Context
  • Modern Arab History in the Global Context

Courses Taught

  • Seek Knowledge, even onto China: The Islamic World and China
  • The Concept of China
  • China Encounters the World