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Keith Clark

Biography

Keith Clark is a PhD candidate in East Asian history who specializes in modern Chinese history, with a minor field in global history. He is also a member of NU’s Asian Studies Graduate Cluster. Keith examines how the People’s Republic of China in Beijing and the Republic of China in Taipei legitimized their claims to be China’s sole government during the Cold War in his dissertation, “Defining China: Beijing, Taipei, and the United Nations’ ‘China Seat,’ 1949-1992.” The debates over which state represented China in the UN helped shape the post-war international political system. His analysis of the two governments’ competition to represent China on the world stage reveals how each party presented “China” in distinct ways, which subsequently influenced their rhetoric, international relations, and domestic policies. Furthermore, his work serves to disaggregate the seemingly natural category of the nation-state.  His research has been supported in China through a Fulbright Fellowship and in Taiwan by a Center for Chinese Studies research grant.

Raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Keith served in the United States Marine Corps for four years, primarily deployed to and around Okinawa, Japan. He holds a BA in sociology, summa cum laude, and a MA in American history from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He has taught high school in North Carolina, university in Hefei and Nanjing, China, and worked as a teaching assistant for UNCW and NU.

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