Professor Chen Jian of Cornell University held the Philippe Roman Chair during the 2008-09 academic year. He is a Senior Fellow of LSE IDEAS.
Professor Jian is the Michael J Zak Chair of the History of US China Relations at Cornell University, where he serves as Director of the China and Asian-Pacific Studies Program and is a distinguished research scholar, writer and teacher. Chen received his M.A. from Fudan University and East China Normal University in Shanghai and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. He is a member of the editorial board for The China Review and The Chinese Historical Review and is Associate Editor of The Journal of American-East Asian Relations. He is author of Mao's China and the Cold War and China's Road to the Korean War: the making of the Sino-American confrontation, which is regarded as a modern classic, and shared honours for the 2005 Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in News and Documentary Research for Declassified: Nixon in China.