Chen Jian (academic)

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This is a page about Chen Jian, the scholar. For the Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce, see Chen Jian.

Chen Jian is a professor of Chinese history and international relations at Cornell University, where he serves in the department of history as Michael J. Zak Professor of History for US-China Relations. His specialties include modern Chinese history, history of Chinese-American relations, and Cold War international history.

He received an M.A. from Fudan University and East China Normal University in 1982 and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in 1990.

Chen Jian has held the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE IDEAS (2008-2009), where he remains a Senior Fellow, and was a research scholar from 2009-2013 at the University of Hong Kong. He is currently (2013-2014) a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center,[1] where he has been a Senior Scholar since 2005. He has also been the Zijiang Distinguished Visiting Professor at East China Normal University since 2000.

He will be visiting New York University/New York University Shanghai as Distinguished Global Network Professor of History beginning in Fall 2014.

Awards and Honors[edit]

Chen Jian was the recipient of the Jeffrey Sean Lehman Grant for Scholarly Exchange with China, Cornell University, 2007. His other fellowships include Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship for International Peace, United States Institute of Peace, 1996-1997 and the Norwegian Nobel Institute Fellowship, Oslo, Norway, 1993.[2]

In 2005, he shared in the honors for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in News and Documentary Research for Declassified: Nixon in China.


  • Mao's China and the Cold War (Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2001)
  • The China Challenge in the 21st Century: Implications for US Foreign Policy (Washington, DC: US Institute of Peace, 1998)
  • Chinese Communist Foreign Policy and the Cold War in Asia: New Documentary Evidence, 1944-1950 (co-edited with Zhang Shuguang; Chicago: Imprint Publications, 1996)
  • China's Road to the Korean War: The Making of the Sino-American Confrontation (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994)
  • Zouxiang quanqiu zhanzheng zhilu: erci dazhan qiyuan yanjiu (The Road to a Global War: A Chinese Study of the Origins of the Second World War; Shanghai: Xuelin, 1989).


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  2. ^ "Chen Jian". Cornell University Department of History. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 

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