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Dean Chen

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“My experience at Ramapo has been most rewarding as I am grateful for the opportunity to teach, contribute my expertise and benefit, through discussion and intellectual exchanges with students, from their feedback and suggestions. The administration, faculty and staff are also very supportive and encouraging, providing a great and positive environment for teaching, scholarship and professional service.

The relatively small faculty-student ratio at Ramapo helps to strengthen closer scholarly interaction through research mentoring, independent studies and club activities. The closer relationship fosters greater trust and commitment toward collaboration, which are essential for carrying out effective and fruitful research endeavors. I’ve had this experience when advising my students on their independent research projects and Scholars Day poster presentations. Furthermore, many club activities directly involve experiential application of knowledge and materials learned from class. For instance, as adviser to Ramapo’s Model United Nations Club since 2012, I have witnessed how student members frequently used many theoretical perspectives and policy analyses learned from their coursework to discuss and deliberate contemporary international political issues. Students and I have cultivated mutual confidence and rapport, and these really promoted communication and cooperation between us in all of these venues.”

– Dean Chen is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and has been with the College since 2012. For more information, please visit Dean’s Faculty Profile.

School of Humanities and Global Studies

Recent Publications

1. US-China Rivalry and Taiwan’s Mainland Policy: Security, Nationalism, and Taiwan’s 1992 Consensus (Under contract with Palgrave Macmillan, expected publication 2017).
2. 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).
3. US Taiwan Strait Policy: The Origins of Strategic Ambiguity (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2012).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
1. “Second Image-Reversed Revisited: US-China Rivalry and the Weakening of KMT’s 1992 Consensus Policy, ” Asian Survey (accepted for publication, forthcoming, 2016).
2. “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.
3. “America’s Liberal Culture, One China, and the Security of Taiwan,” American Journal of Chinese Studies 22 (Special Issue 2015): pp. 209-233.
4. “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.
5. “Constructing Peaceful Development: The Changing Interpretations of ‘One China’ and Beijing’s Taiwan Strait Policy,” Asian Security 10, no. 1 (2014): pp. 22-46.
6. “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.
7. “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.

Awards and Accomplishments

Taiwan Fellowship (2014), awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Faculty Award, from the Office of the Specialized Services (OSS), Ramapo College of New Jersey, 2014.

“The Origins and Development of Taiwan’s Policies toward Its Overseas Citizens’ Participation in Homeland Governance and Decision-Making.” Invited Speech at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, February 28, 2014.


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

Classes Known For

International Politics
United Nations: World Politics
US-China Relations
China: History, Politics, and Culture