Wilson Center Experts
Dr. Chen Jian is currently The Michael J. Zak Chair of History for U.S. China Relations in the department of history at Cornell University. Formerly, he was the C. K. Yen Professor of Chinese-American Relations at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia and professor at the Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia. A leading expert on China, he has published two books, "China's Road to the Korean War: The Making of the Sino-American Confrontation" (1994) and most recently, "Mao's China and the Cold War" (2001). He is also the author of numerous CWIHP Bulletin articles and Working Papers, including "The Sino-Soviet Alliance and China's Entry into the Korean War" and has been a close collaborator with CWIHP since its inception.
Dr. Chen received his M.A. from Fudan University and East China Normal University in Shanghai and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.
Dr. Chen was a chief faculty speaker for NEH Summer Institute, "New Sources and Findings on Cold War International History," held at The George Washington University in the summer of 1999. Dr. Chen has held fellowships from the Norwegian Nobel Institute and the Cold War International History Project.
Chinese American relations, modern Chinese history, Chinese foreign policy and security strategies
- Mao's China and the Cold War (2001)
- China's Road to the Korean War (1994)
- The Road to a Global War: A Chinese Study of the Origins of the Second World War (1989)
- "Deng Xiaoping, Mao's ‘Continuous Revolution', and the Path toward the Sino-Soviet Split" (CWIHP Bulletin 10)
- "A Crucial Step toward the Breakdown of the Sino-Soviet Alliance: The Withdrawal of Soviet Experts from China in July 1960" (CWIHP Bulletin 8-9)
- "CCP Leaders' Selected Works and the Historiography of the Chinese Communist Revolution" (CWIHP Bulletin 6-7)
- "The Sino-Soviet Alliance and China's Entry into the Korean War" (CWIHP Working Paper 1)