Vivien Chang

Field & Specialties

US Foreign Relations
Cold War International
Empire and Decolonization
Modern Africa


M.A., University of Virginia, 2018

M.A., University of British Columbia, 2016

B.A., University of British Columbia, 2013


Vivien Chang is a Ph.D. candidate in international history, advised by William Hitchcock. Her work focuses on decolonization, development, African nationalism, global governance, and the Cold War in the Third World. She is an Ernest May Predoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for the 2021-2022 academic year.


"Too Sweet a Deal? American 'Candy Men,' the Cocoa Producers' Alliance, and the Decline of International Commodity Agreements," in Rethinking the United States in the World: American Power in a Global Age, eds. Daniel Bessner and Michael Brenes, in progress.

"The Group of 77 and the New International Economic Order," in Routledge Encyclopedia of the Cold War, ed. Ruud van Dijk, forthcoming.

Review of More Than a Doctrine: The Eisenhower Era in the Middle East by Randall Fowler, Passport: Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review (January 2019)

Current Research

Dissertation in progress: "Creating the Third World: Anticolonial Diplomacy and the Search for a New International Economic Order, 1960-1975"

Awards & Honors

Ernest May Predoctoral Fellowship, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (2021-2022)

Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2017-2021)

Moody Research Grant, Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library (2019)

Buckner W. Clay Research Grant, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (2019)

Stuart L. Bernath Dissertation Research Grant, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (2018)

Dumas Malone Research Fellowship, UVa Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (2018)

Research Fellowship, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation (2016-2017)

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Master’s Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2015-2016)

Courses Taught

"The Second World War" (as Teaching Assistant), Spring 2018

"America and War Since 1900" (as Teaching Assistant), Fall 2017