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Dr Maria Chen

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Research Interests: Western European Integration History; Post-1945 Europe; Issues of Nationalism and Identity; Cultural Cold War; Food and Wine History; Jazz History
Room: SAR.2.06


Dr Maria Chen is a historian of the twentieth century, with a particular focus on European culture and identity. Her doctoral research investigated the impact of European Community wine policies on the identity and culture of French winegrowers. Before undertaking her PhD in the International History department, Maria completed an MPhil in Politics at the University of Cambridge. Maria has been a visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Florence and has given conference papers and talks in Germany, Belgium, and the UK. She has worked on the editorial teams of the academic journals Cold War History and Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism. Maria is also a Fellow on the LSE100 programme.


Dr Maria Chen teaches the following course at undergraduate level:

HY116: International History since 1890|


  • ‘Identities in flux: elites, nation-states, and nationalism’. In National Identities in France, edited by Brian Sudlow, 25 – 44. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2012. 

Conference Papers and Talks

  • ‘The European Community’s Wine Policy in the 1970s’. Guest Lecturer, London School of Economics, History Research Seminar, December 12, 2012. 
  • ‘Mixing Wine & Politics’. Invited as Special Guest Lecturer as part of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels Autumn Distinguished Speaker Series for their masters students, November 30, 2012.   
  • ‘Communicating Changes in European Community Policy in France: 1974–80’. Paper presented at the Eighth Annual History of European Integration Society (HEIRS) Conference, University of Humboldt, Berlin, Germany, March 30 – 31, 2012. 
  • ‘Negotiating Wine at the European Economic Community: 1967–1970’. University Association for Contemporary European Studies, Annual Conference, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, September 5 – 7, 2011. 
  • ‘Wine, Agriculture, and Identity’. European Integration History Series, University of Reading, Reading, UK, July 1, 2011. 
  • ‘Identities in Flux: elites, nation-states, and nationalism’. Paper presented at ‘Nationalism, National Identities, and Nationhoods’ Research Conference, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom, February 19, 2010.
  • LSE Students’ Union Teaching Commendation (2014)
  • LSE Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2010 - 2013)
  • London Goodenough College Association of Canada Graduate Scholarship (2011)
  • Prime Minister Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarship (2011)
  • Sir James Lougheed Doctoral Award of Distinction and Scholarship from the Government of Alberta (2009)
  • University of Cambridge Commonwealth Trusts Scholarship (2008)



Ms Maria Chen