Dr. Jie Chen
March 8 & 9
Dr. Jie Chen has served as Dean of The Graduate School at James Madison University (JMU) for more than four years. Meanwhile, as a nationally recognized academic administrator, he has also served as Vice President of The Council of Chinese American Deans and Presidents. Before joining JMU, I was Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, and held a named professorship, William Borah Distinguished Professor of Political Science, at University of Idaho (UI). Before joining UI, he served as a Chair of Department of Political Science and Geography and held a named professorship, Louis I. Jaffe Professor of Political Science and International Studies, at Old Dominion University (ODU). He also directed campus-wide, interdisciplinary programs at ODU, the Graduate Programs in International Studies and the Institute of Asia Studies. Due to his consistent efforts and significant achievements in international education, he was awarded Provost’s Award for Leadership in International Education at ODU. In recognition of his leadership role in supporting underrepresented minority students, he was presented the Award for the Contributions to Education of Underrepresented Minority Students by the National Society of Black Engineers (UI Chapter). For his commendable performance in teaching and mentoring, he became a finalist of the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award in Virginia and received Joel S. Lewis Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring at ODU. He also received major academic program development grants, such as a Title VI grant from the Department of Education to develop and strengthen Asian Studies programs, and an AGEP grant from the National Science Foundation to support recruitment and retention of minority students.
As a nationally and internationally recognized scholar, Dr. Chen has authored and co-authored six books on Chinese politics and U.S. foreign policy. His recent books include Popular Political Support in Urban China (Stanford University Press),
Allies of the State: China's Private Entrepreneurs and Democratic Change (Harvard University Press), and
A Middle Class without Democracy: Economic Growth and the Prospects for Democratization in China (Oxford University Press). He has also authored and co-authored many articles in leading referred journals, such as
Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies,
Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly,
Social Science Research Journal, and the
China Quarterly. He secured major research grants from the National Science Foundation to conduct survey studies of the middle class and private entrepreneurs in China. He was awarded a residential research fellowship at the
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and became a
Fulbright Scholar. He also won the Robert Burgess Award for Excellence in Research at Old Dominion University.
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