Department of History
West Chester University
506 Main Hall
Associate Professor of History
Office Location: 412 Main Hall
Pre-modern and modern East Asia; Chinese Civilization; Modern China; and East Asia through Film.
Dr. Chien has published a book, Salt and State (University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies, 2004), on the political economy of imperial China focusing on the government monopoly of the salt industry in the Song dynasty (970-1279). Her current research interests include the following: the regional history of middle-imperial China; kinship and genealogy in China; global tourism theory and Chinese tourism as connected to development, nation-building, heritage, and the environment; and Chinese TV and historical drama.
Before coming to WCU in 2005, Cecilia Chien taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in colonial and postcolonial Hong Kong from 1994-2005. She received her BA degree in History with French and Russian minors from Central Michigan University in 1980. She received her MA and PhD degrees in History from Harvard University in 1985 and 1994 respectively. She studied for two years in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan, on an International Rotary Graduate Fellowship from 1982-1984. In addition to living in Hong Kong for ten years, she has traveled extensively in the mainland of China as well as to Taiwan, Macau, Singapore, and South Korea. She serves on the Executive Board of the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies. As an "ABC" born in Washington, DC, Dr. Chien's life commitment is building bridges between East and West.