Shiwei Chen

Shiwei Chen

Professor of History
Chair of History



PhD History and East Asian Languages, Harvard University, 1998.
MA Modern Chinese History, Peking University, 1985.
BA History, Yunnan University, 1982.


Modern Chinese History
Modern East Asian History

Courses Taught

History 110: World Civilizations to 1650
History 212/Asian Studies 200: Origins of East Asia
History 213/Asian Studies 201: Modern East Asia
Asian Studies 274: Global Engagement in Contemporary China
History 262/Asian Studies 286: Modern Japan
History 340/Asian Studies 307: China’s Cultural Revolution
History 341: Doing Business in/with China
History 342: Problems in Modern China: Film, Theory & History
History 420: China, Japan, and the West

Visiting Professorships

Visiting Professor, Global Education Center, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China (Fall 2017; Fall 2018) 
Visiting Scholar, Peking University, Beijing, China (Summer 2014)
Deputy Director, Research Institute of Private Higher Education, Xi’an International University, China (2009–present) 
Visiting Professor, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan (Summer 2007)
Senior Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (2006–2007)  
Lecturer, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States (Spring 1998)
Assistant Professor, Lecturer, Peking University, Beijing, China (1985–1989)


Selected Honors, Awards, and Grants

Summer Research Grant, Lake Forest College (Summer 2019)

Chunhui Scholarship, Ministry of Higher Education, PRC (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Summer Research Grant, Lake Forest College (Summer 2013)

ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Grant 2009 (Summer 2009) 

Individual Japan Travel grant, Japan Study Program, Great Lakes Colleges Association (Summer 2007)

Visiting Professor Grant, College of Humanities, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan (Summer 2007)

The Enhancing Scholarly Agendas Initiative Grant, ACM FaCE Project (Summer 2007)

Visiting Senior Research Fellowship, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (2006)  

Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Fellowship, Needham Research Institute, Cambridge University (Summer 2004) 

ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Grant 2001 (Summer 2001)

Hotchkiss Fellowship, competitive one-semester leave - Lake Forest College (2001)

Harvard Whiting Fellowship for Dissertation Completion, Harvard University (1997-1998)

Foreign Languages And Area Studies Fellowship, the U. S. Department of Education (1995-1997)

Toyota Foundation Research Grant, the Toyota Foundation, Tokyo, Japan. Project title: Creating a Society with Pluralistic Values (1995-1996)

K.T. Li Fellowship, the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (1994-1995)

Tsai Shao-hua Scholarship, Tsai Shao-hua Scholarship Foundation, Boston  (Summer 1994)

Graduate Society Fellowship, Harvard University (Summer 1994)

Visiting Scholar Fellowship, History Department, Princeton University (1990-1991)

Harvard-Yenching Institute Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University (1989-1990)

Research Grant for Visiting Scholars, the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, New York (1989-1990)

Selected Publications

“The H1N1 Outbreak in China: A Unique Research Opportunity.” In Faculty as Global Learners: Off-Campus Study at Liberal Arts Colleges, edited by Joan Gillespie, Lisa Jasinski, and Dana Gross, pp. 429–434. Ann Arbor: Michigan University Press and Lever Press, 2020.

“Development Status and Trend of American Higher Education.” Private Education Research, Vol. 17, No. 5 (Serial No. 98), pp. 81–87. 

“Kong Feili Zhi Wen: Zhongguo Weishenmo Meiyou Fazhanchu Jindai Guojia (Philip Kuhn’s Question: Why Didn’t China Advance into a Modern Nation State in Modern Era?” Zhonghua Dushubao, China Book Review Weekly, Issue. 460, November 30, 2016.

“Zhili De Zhunbei: Hu Shi, Hulin Xueyuan yu Erzhan Qijian de Zhongguo Waijiao (Intellectual Preparedness: Dr. Hu Shih, Lake Forest College, and Chinese diplomacy during World War II);” The Jiang Jieshi Research Center at Zhejiang University and The Sino-Foreign Relations Research Institute at The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, editors. Study on the History of Modern Sino-Foreign Relations (Beijing), Vol. 6, 2016, pp. 15–42.

“Intellectual Preparedness: Dr. Hu Shih, Lake Forest College, and Chinese Diplomacy during World War II.” Journal of Modern Chinese History, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2015, pp. 153–174.

“From Nanjing to Nankang: A Comparative Study of Modern China’s Academician System in Nanjing and Taipei.” China Scholarship, General Issue No. 27, 2010, pp. 30–73.

“China through Students’ Eyes: Three Case Studies of China’s Economic and Educational Development,” (Co-author with David Esturain, Ryan G. Glowacz, Caitlin A. Smith, Ian V. Tinley, and Kylie H. Trotman), for ASIANetwork.

“The Evaluation of Modern China’s Academia System and the Emergence of the Academia Sinica,” China Scholarship, General Issue No. 26, 2010, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 213–248.

“History of Three Mobilizations: A Reexamination of the Chinese Biological Warfare Allegations against the United States in the Korean War,” The Journal of American-East Asian Relations, Vol. 16, No. 3, 2009, pp. 213–247.

“On the Universities of China, Europe, and America,” by William C. Kirby. (Translation from English into Chinese). China Scholarship, General Issue No. 25, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2009, pp. 186–195.

“Academia Sinica and the Founding of Modern China’s First Yuanshi System in 1948.” The Institute of Modern History, ed. Republican China in 1940s. Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 2009.

“The Germ Warfare Controversies During the Korean War Revealed by the British Archives." In China, East Asia and World in Modern Time, edited by Wang Jianlang and Luan Jinghe, pp. 914–941. Beijing: Social Sciences and Academic Press, 2008. 2 volumes.

“Search for International Cooperation in the War-Triggered Crisis, Joseph Needham and the British ‘Cultural Lend-Lease’ in Wartime Chongqing.” In The Limits of Empire: New Perspectives on Imperialism in Modern China, (Chinese History and Society), edited by Klaus Muhlhahn, pp. 87–101. Berlin: Freedom University of Berlin, LIT Verlag, 2008.

Twilight in the Forbidden City, by Reginald Johnston. (Book Translation from English into Chinese). Jinan: Shandong Newspaper Press, 2007 (364 pages).

“Three International Political Mobilizations Surrounding Germ Warfare During the Korean War: An Interpretation of Chinese and British Archive.” Historical Research (Beijing: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), No. 6, 2006, pp. 115–37.

Introduction to the Special Issue. The Chinese Historical Review, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2006, pp. 1–9.

Changing Perspectives on China’s Pursuit of Modernity in the Twentieth Century (Special Issue of The Chinese Historical Review), The Chinese Historians in the United States, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2006. (202 pages, co-editor with Janet McCracken and W. Rand Smith)

“Academia Sinica and the Scientific Professionalization in Republican China,” China Scholarship, General Issue No. 15, 2003, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 173–213.

“The Making of a Dream: The Sino-American Expedition to Mount Amne Machin in 1948.” Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 37, No. 3, 2003, pp. 709–736.

“Zhong Mei Wai Jiao Cha Qu: Yijiusiba Nian Ji Shi Shan Tan Xian Jie Mi (An Unpleasant Episode in the History of Sino-American Diplomatic Relations)” Twenty-First Century (Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press), No. 62, December 2000, pp. 11–23.

“Si Shi Nian lai Zhong Guo Da Lu De Han Zhan Yan Jiu (Forty Years of the Korean War Research in China).” Modern China, No. 137, June 2000, pp. 133–143. 

“The Role of the Japanese Advisor in Early Republican China: A Consideration of Ariga Nagao,” by Li Tingjiang. (Article Translation). Twentieth-Century China (Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan), Vol. 23, No. 2, 1998, pp. 71–106.

“Legitimizing the State: Politics and the Founding of Academia Sinica in 1927.” Papers on Chinese History (Harvard University Press), Vol. 6, 1997, pp. 23–41.

“Chinese-American Relations in Retrospect and Prospect,” by William C. Kirby. (Article Translation). Newsletter for Modern Chinese History (Institute of Modern History, Taipei, Academia Sinica), No. 23, March 1997, pp. 43–51. 

“Change and Continuity: Shanghai Elites’ Political Mobilization in 1900.” Papers on Chinese History (Harvard University Press), Vol. 3, 1994, pp. 95–115.

“Forty Years of the Korean War Research in China.” in Storia della Storiografia, No. 26, pp. 101–112. Torino, Italia: Universita di Torino Press, 1994. (Co-author with Liangwu Yin).

“John L. Stuart and Yenching University.” In Christian Universities and Chinese-Western Cultures, edited by Zhang Kaiyuan and Arthur Waldron, pp. 164–188. Wuhan: Hubei Educational Press, 1991.

“A Study of Zhao Fengchang and the 1911 Revolution.” Modern Historical Research: the Special Issue: The Figures (Beijing: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Press), No. 3, 1986, pp. 246–281. 

Invited Presentations and Lectures

“The Pursuit of a Paradoxical Utopia: Kang Youwei & Liang Qichao’s Visits to America’s Heavenly Kingdom in the Early Twentieth-Century.” (Guangzhou, Sun Yatsen University, December 21–27, 2019)

“Soul Stealers and Its Scholarly Impact on Asian Studies in the U.S.: A Cherished Memory of Philip A. Kuhn (1933-2016) and My Harvard Years.” (Guangzhou, Sun Yatsen University, December 21–27, 2019)

“Book of Great Unity and the Intellectual Transition in Modern China.” (Hangzhou, Zhejiang University, October 12–213, 2019)

“Searching for Socialism in the Late Qing China: My Recent Archival Discovery of Kang Youwei’s Visit to Zion in 1905.” (Beijing, Peking University, March 13, 2019)

“Wang Yangming Philosophy and Its Influence on Chiang Kai-shek’s Political Ideology,” (Xi’an International University, China, June 25–30, 2017).

“Henry Luce, Time Magazine & Chiang Kai-shek: Portraying American Dream in the Chinese Revolution, 1927-1955,” The 4th International Conference on Chiang Kai-shek and Modern China (Zhejiang University, China, June 10–12, 2017).

“Asian Studies in the United States and World Education in the 21st Century,” (Xinjiang University, Shihezi University, Xinjiang Finance University, and Xinjiang Normal University, China, June 17–224, 2017).

“From Sinology to China Studies: State of Asian Studies in the U.S.,” Tsinghua University, Beijing, China  (March 14, 2017)

“Opportunities and Challenges American Higher Education Is Facing in 2016;” The 7th International Conference of the Association for Global Advancement of Universities and Colleges (AGAUC); “New Initiatives for Private Higher Education Development;” (Xian International University, Xian, China, October 13–15, 2016).

“Kong Feili Zhiwen: Zhongguo Weishenmo Meiyou Fazhanchu Jindai Guojia (Philip Kuhn’s Question: Why Didn’t China Advance into a Modern Nation State?” A series of lectures delivered at Peking University, Northwestern University, Lanzhou University, and Northwestern Normal University in an academic tour organized by the Society of Chinese American Professors and Scientists (P. R. China, June 19–26, 2016).  

“A Historical Reinterpretation of Modern China’s Soft Power Diplomacy.” The Symposium on the 21st Century East Asian Cooperation and Development. (Yanbian University, Yanbian, P. R. China; August 8–10, 2015).    

“American Liberal Arts Education in Retrospect and Prospect in the 21st Century;” A series of lectures delivered at Wuhan University, Central China Normal University, Wuhan Institute of Science and Engineering, Hubei University, and Jianghan University in a lecture tour organized by the Society of Chinese American Professors and Scientists (P. R. China, July 5–13, 2015).   

“Intellectual Engagement and China’s Wartime Diplomacy,” After WW I: International Symposium on the Centennial Anniversary of WW I, 1914-2014 (Tsinghua University, Beijing, P.R. China; October 19–20, 2014). 

“Discovering Chinese History in the U.S.,” The First Silk Road International Cultural Exposition (Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, P.R. China; October 9–17, 2014).

“Jiang Jieshi, Hu Shih, and China’s Soft-Power Diplomacy during the Second Sino-Japanese War.” International Conference on Jiang Jieshi and the Second Sino-Japanese War, 1931-1945, Jiang Jieshi and Modern China Research Center (Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, June 6–9, 2014).    

“Intellectual Preparedness:  Dr. Hu Shih, Lake Forest College and Chinese Diplomacy during WW II.” LFC Faculty Discussion Group Series (November 18, 2013).

“The 20th Century Japanese History.” Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale (Lake Forest Library, Lake Forest, Illinois, October 28, 2013).

 “Retrospect and Prospect in Trends and Patterns: A Comparative Study of American Post-Secondary Education and Xian International University.”  Symposium of Chinese Private Higher Education and Internationalization. Co-sponsored by Harvard University, Peking University, and Xi’an International University (Xi’an, China, May 27–29, 2011). 

“China Ascendant.” Workshop sponsored by the "Aspen in Chicago." (Starved Rock Lodge, Illinois, April 29 to May 1, 2011). 

“Wartime Intellectual Collaboration between Cambridge University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Universities-in-Exile.” China and the Outside World, Institute of Modern History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Changsha, Hunan, China, July 15–18, 2008). 

“From Nanking to Nankang: A Comparative Study of Modern China’s Academician System in Taipei and Beijing,” Republican China in 1940s, Institute of Modern History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, (August 17–20, 2007)

“Search for International Cooperation in the War-Triggered Crisis: Joseph Needham and the British ‘Cultural Lend-Lease’ in Wartime Chongqing,” Conference on Destination Chongqing, 1937–45: The Wartime Capital City of Republican China, National University of Singapore, Singapore (June 26–27, 2007)

“Intellectual Mobilization and the Cultural Cold War,” Public Lecture of Asia Research Institute at National University of Singapore, National Library of Singapore, (December 14, 2006)

“History in Three Mobilizations: A Reexamination of the Chinese Biological Warfare Allegations against the U.S. in the Korean War.” XXII International Congress of History of Science, Beijing, China (July 24–30, 2005)

“Chinese Historiography in the Post-Mao Era: A Retrospective and Prospective.” Annual Meeting of American Historical Association, Chicago (January 4, 2003)

“Professional Scientists and Scientific Professionalization at Academia Sinica, 1928–1937.” The Tenth International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia. Shanghai, China.  August 20-24, 2002.

“Scientific Professionalization and Professional Scientists in Republican China.” Symposium on the 90th Anniversary of the 1911 Revolution in China. Taipei, Taiwan. October 6–9, 2001. (Paper presented by the panel chair) 

“Synthesis of Scientific Community and the Chinese State, 1928-1949.” Twentieth-Century China in Retrospect: New Views and Sources. Peking University, Beijing, China. June 15–17, 2001.

“Tiananmen Square as A Teasing Ground for China’s Political and Economic Reform.” University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Dartmouth, MA. U.S.A. April 9, 2001.

“Patterns of International Intellectual Cooperation in Modern China’s Scientific Community.” The Internationalization of China Workshop. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. U.S.A.  Sponsored by Harvard University and Free University, Berlin. August 24–27, 2000.

“Enhancing China’s International Prestige--The 1948 Sino-America Scientific Expedition to Mount Anne Machin.” The Ninth International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia.  National University of Singapore, Singapore. August 23–27, 1999.

“Politics and the Founding of Academia Sinica in 1927.” The 49th Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian Studies, Chicago.  U.S.A. March 13–16, 1997.

"Consequences of the Korean War and Truman's China Policy: Beijing's Perspective” (with Liangwu Yin); "Yenching University Faculty Members and the Sino-Japanese War, 1931-1941." The Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs.  University of Iowa, Iowa City. U.S.A. September 13–15, 1991.

"Harvard-Yenching Institute and Sino-American Cultural Exchanges." The First Yale Conference on Christian Colleges. Yale University, New Haven. U.S.A. February 16–18, 1990.

“Fighting for China: American Missionaries and the Committee for Non Participation in Japanese Aggression, 1938-40.” The Second Yale Conference on Christian Colleges, Yale University, New Haven, U.S.A. February 28–March 3, 1991.

"An Introduction to the Study of Modern Chinese Military History in the PRC, 1980- Present.” Dunwalke Conference on War in Twentieth-Century China. Mellon Seminars and the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, U.S.A. March 23–25, 1990.

Professional Affiliations

Member of American Historical Association, U.S.A.

Member of Association for Asian Studies, U.S.A.

Associate of Center for East Asian Studies, University of Chicago, U.S.A.

Member of ASIAnetwork, U.S.A.

Member of Society of Chinese American Professors and Scientists, U.S.A.

Member of Chinese Historians in the United States, U.S.A.