Hao Chen

Field & Specialties

Modern China and Korea
Cold War International History
Immigration and Transnational History
Frontiers and Borderlands


Master of Arts (with Honors), International Economics and International Affairs, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), 2020

Bachelor of Arts, History, Peking (Beijing) University, 2018


Hao Chen is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Virginia. Hao specializes in Cold War international history with a regional focus of East Asia. His research interests include China’s frontiers and borderlands, immigration and transnational history, and North Korea studies. His current project studies the ethnopolitical history of the China-(North) Korea borderland Yanbian in the 20th century to examine the interaction between China’s ethnic-frontier affairs and its international relations in the Cold War. Hao likes soccer, outdoor sports, and photography. He is also a frequent traveler in his spare time.


Chen, Hao. “The Path to Cultural Revolution Turmoil: The CCP, Ethnic Koreans, and the Ethnopolitics of Yanbian (1945-1969).” M.A. thesis, University of Virginia, 2022.

Chen, Hao. Review of The CIA and Third Force Movements in China during the Early Cold War: The Great American DreamJournal of Military History Vol. 85, No. 2 (April 2021).

Chen, Hao. "'One Arch Enemy' or 'Two-Fold Danger': The Failed Alliance in Non-Communist Asia." SAIS China Studies Review, Vol 6 (2020).

Chen, Hao. "China's 'Fragmented Authoritarianism 2.0' in the Social Media Age." SAIS Perspectives, 2019 Issue.

Awards & Honors

Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant (American Historical Association) 2023

MOU-IFES North Korean Studies Fellowship (Ministry of Unification, Republic of Korea) 2023

Kyujanggak Institute Fellowship (International Center for Korea Studies, Seoul National University) 2023                                                       

Graduate Global Research Fellowship (University of Virginia) 2022

East Asia Center Travel Grant (University of Virginia) 2022, 2023

Raven Fellowship (University of Virginia Raven Society) 2022

History Department Summer Research Grant (University of Virginia) 2021, 2022

A. Doak Barnett Award for Most Distinguished China Studies Graduate (Johns Hopkins University SAIS) 2020

The Stephen and Christine Liu Fellowship (Johns Hopkins University SAIS) 2019-2020

Annual award to one distinguished student in China Studies who exhibits potential to lead in the field

Dean’s Scholarship (Johns Hopkins University SAIS) 2019-2020

Korea Studies Scholarship (Johns Hopkins University SAIS) 2019-2020

25 Under 25: Leaders in US-China Relations (China Hands) 2019

Grand Prize of the 25th Challenge Cup Academic Competition (Peking University) 2017

Top 10 Excellent Paper Award (The Third National Forum of History for College Students in China) 2017

Merit Student (Peking University) 2016-2017

Founder Scholarship (Peking University) 2016-2017

Summer Social Studies and Field Research Grant (Peking University) 2016

Courses Taught

Modern China (HIEA 2031)

Russian History Since 1917 (HIEU 2162)