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Chen, Titus (Chih-Chieh)

2008 - 2009 Research Associate, US-China Institute

University of Southern California

Titus Chen completed his PhD in Political Science at the University of California at Irvine. In his dissertation titled “Capped Socialization: Examining the Effectiveness of US Engagement in China’s Legal Reform,” Chen investigates episodes of Sino-Western contention in different times and sheds light on the role of global norm diffusion in the transformation of Sino-Western legal and political relationships. Chen plans to convert his PhD dissertation into publishable journal articles, and to begin a project that bears upon the institutional development of international human rights regimes. Chen looks to the wielding of soft power in US-China relations as a prime subject of analysis in both tasks. Future proposed projects also include looking at the evolution of US policy on China's human rights and also examining the relative influence of US and China in the UN human rights regimes.