Jeffery Chun-Jung Chen

SHC Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of History, Stanford University

Jeffery Chen is a PhD candidate in History at Stanford University. His work shows how illustrated press coverage of the Opium War inspired the steam age, ignited the modern era of globalization, and distorted public memory of the foundational conflict behind US-China rivalry today. He researches the intersection between technology, culture, and empire using qualitative methods from art history and international history alongside empirical data from engineering manuals and military reports. Chen’s writing has been published in The Washington Post, The Diplomat, and The Globe and Mail.

SHC Project

The First Pacific War: How Britain's Invasion of China Changed the World, 1837–1846

Jeffrey Chen