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Chen Jian is Hu Shih Professor of History and China-US Relations emeritus at Cornell University. His specialties include modern Chinese history, history of Chinese-American relations, and Cold War international history. He is also Zijiang Distinguished Visiting Professor at East China Normal University and Distinguished Global Network Professor of History at New York University Shanghai.


Chen Jian
Native name
PronunciationChén Jiān
Bachelor's degree
Alma materSouthern Illinois University
East China Normal University
Fudan University
OccupationHu Shih Professor of History and China-US Relations
EmployerCornell University

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 was also (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.

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


Awards and honorsEdit

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.

Contributions and receptionEdit

Chen's first major book was China's Road to the Korean War, which received much praise and was widely cited. [3] Lucian Pye, writing in Foreign Affairs said Mao's China and the Cold War has "taken some giant steps toward advancing the West's understanding of Mao Zedong's policies during the Cold War." Pye praised Chen for correcting the view of Mao and Zhou Enlai as "relaxed and worldly wise" pragmatists, a view put forward by Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger to justify the opening to China. In fact, Chen argues, "Mao was driven by ideology and insatiable ambition as he led the communists to power and sought Stalin's blessing for his leadership."[4] Allen Whiting's review of in Political Science Quarterly called it a "superb study." [5]


  • 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.
  3. ^ Google Scholar Citations
  4. ^ Lucian Pye, "Mao's China and the Cold War (Review)," Foreign Affairs September–October 2001
  5. ^ Whiting, Allen S. (2002), "Mao's China and the COld War (Review)", The China Journal, 47: 128–130, ISSN 1324-9347, JSTOR 3182082

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