Faculty Profile

History Faculty

Ke-wen Wang, PhD

Professor of History

M.A., Ph.D. Stanford University
B.A. National Taiwan University

Areas of Expertise:

Politics in Nationalist China; the Sino-Japanese War; Chinese Newspapers in the Republican Era

Courses I Teach:

  • China in the 20th Century
  • East Asia and the West
  • Japan and the Modern World
  • Japanese Culture
  • Modern East Asia
  • Senior Seminar
  • Traditional East Asia
  • World War II in Asia
  • Women in East Asian History

My favorite course to teach is World War II in Asia. I feel that war is a constant reminder that human societies need to learn from their past – and that they seldom do. I enjoy teaching the course because it is close to my own research interest and because it challenges students to re-examine their U.S.-centered view of history through the study of an otherwise familiar event.

Research Interests:

Politics in Nationalist China; the Sino-Japanese War; Chinese Newspapers in the Republican Era

I am the author of Wang Jingwei, the Guomindang, and the Nanjing Regime (Taipei: The Historica Sinica). I also published articles on the Chinese collaboration during Sino-Japanese War (1937-45) and presented papers on the history of the newspaper Dagongbao.

Life Off Campus:

Outside Saint Michael's I am currently serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the Historical Society of 20th Century China. I have taught at universities in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China.

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