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Dean ChenAssociate Professor of Political Science

Year Joined RCNJ: 2012

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-7755
  • Email:
  • Office: B-203
  • Office Hours: E-mail for Appointment


  • B.A., San Francisco State University
  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Courses Offered:

  • International Politics
  • United Nations: World Politics
  • China: History, Politics, and Culture
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Readings in Humanities
  • U.S. China Relations
  • East Asia: History and Politics
  • American Foreign Policy

Teaching Interests:

  • International Relations
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • China/East Asian Politics
  • Foreign Relations

Research Interests:

  • U.S.-China-Taiwan Relations
  • Foreign Policy Decision-Making
  • International Politics

Scholarly Activity:

  • U.S.-China Rivalry and Taiwan’s Mainland Policy: Security, Nationalism, and the 1992 Consensus (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

  • Sustaining the Triangular Balance: The Taiwan Strait Policy of Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, and Ma Ying-jeou (Baltimore, MD: University of Maryland School of Law, 2013).

  • U.S. Taiwan Strait Policy: The Origins of Strategic Ambiguity (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2012).
Articles/Book Chapters
  • “Fascism with Chinese Characteristics: Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Vision in the 1930s and Implications for U.S.-PRC Rivalry Today,” in Shiping Hua, ed., Chinese Ideology  (New York: Routledge, 2022), forthcoming.
  • “The End of Liberal Engagement with China and the New U.S.-Taiwan Focus,” Pacific Focus 35, no. 3 (2020), pp. 397-435.
  • “In the Shadow of Great-Power Rivalry, ” In Kharis Templeman, Yun-han Chu, and Larry Diamond, eds., Dynamics of Democracy in Taiwan: The Ma Ying-jeou Years (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2020), pgs 361-383.
  • “The Trump Administration’s One-China Policy: Tilting toward Taiwan in an Era of U.S.-PRC Rivalry?” Asian Politics & Policy 11, no. 2 (2019), pp. 250-278.
  • “Foreign Policies of East Asia,” (coauthored with Dennis V. Hickey) in Shiping Hua, ed., Routledge Handbook of Politics in Asia (New York: Routledge, 2018), pp. 76-97.

  • “Liberal Internationalism, Jacksonian Nationalism, and the US ‘One-China’ Policy,” Asian Survey 57, no. 5 (2017), pp. 885-909.

  • “U.S.-China Rivalry and the Weakening of the KMT’s ‘1992 Consensus’ Policy: Second-Image Reversed, Revisited,” Asian Survey 56, no. 4 (2016), pp. 754-778.

  • “Security, Domestic Divisions, and the KMT’s Post-2008 ‘One China’ Policy: A Neoclassical Realist Analysis,” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 15, no. 2 (2015): pp. 319-365.
  • “America’s Liberal Culture, One China, and the Security of Taiwan,” American Journal of Chinese Studies 22 (Special Issue 2015): pp. 209-233.
  • “An Indispensable Pillar of Obama’s ‘Pivot’ to Asia: Continuing Strategic Ambiguity across the Taiwan Strait,” in Peter Chow ed., The U.S. Strategic Pivot to Asia and Cross-Strait Relations (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014): pp. 31-54.
  • “Constructing Peaceful Development: The Changing Interpretations of ‘One China’ and Beijing’s Taiwan Strait Policy,” Asian Security 10, no. 1 (2014): pp. 22-46.
  • “The Strategic Implications of Ma Ying-jeou’s ‘One ROC, Two Areas’ Policy on Cross-Strait Relations,” American Journal of Chinese Studies 20, no. 1 (April 2013): pp. 23-41.
  • “The Evolution of Taiwan’s Policies toward the Political Participation of Citizens Abroad in Homeland Governance,” (Co-authoring with Pei-te Lien) in Tan Chee-Beng, ed., Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Diaspora (New York: Routledge, 2013) pp. 42-58.
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