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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

East Asian Studies
Isaac Newton Trust Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Dr Kuan-jen Chen holds a PhD in History from Cambridge. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the University of Cambridge and his research interests are Cold War History, Modern East Asian International History, Maritime History, and American Foreign Relations. Dr Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan. Prior to Cambridge, he obtained a BA and MA in History at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. Thereafter, he served as a corporal (Military Police) at Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology to fulfill his compulsory military service between 2011 and 2012. After his military service, Chen taught history in junior high schools in 2013.

In 2014, he began to pursue his PhD at the University of Cambridge and to work with Professor Andrew Preston. Chen's dissertation titled "US Maritime Policy in Cold War East Asia, 1945-1979" shifts the historical platform from land to sea to examine the making of a new maritime order in Cold War East Asia. In 2016, he was selected as a Fellow of the Japan Foundation and carried out his dissertation research in the University of Tokyo. His research was also financially supported by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, Cambridge University, and European Research Council.

In 2019, Dr Chen joined the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies to carry out his postdoctoral research. He is currently completing his monograph concerning interactions between the US and Cold War maritime East Asia.