About Me

Biographical Sketch

Chin-Hao Huang is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Southern California (2014-2015), and will take up the position of assistant professor of political science at Yale-NUS College, beginning 2015. Until 2009, he was a researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Sweden, and prior to that worked with the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He specializes in international security and comparative politics, especially with regard to China and Asia.  He has testified before the Congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on Chinese foreign and security policy, and is the recipient of the 2014 American Political Science Association (APSA) Foreign Policy Section Best Paper Award and the 2013 International Studies Association (ISA)-West Best Paper Award. His field research in more than 30 countries across Europe, Africa, and Asia has been externally supported in part by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Strategic Program Fund, MacArthur Foundation, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others.

Hailing from Bangkok, Thailand, he currently resides in Pasadena, California. Aside from work and academics, he is a slow but passionate triathlete, an amateur cook, and an aspiring and adventurous globe-trotter. 



  • Ph.D. Political Science and International Relations, University of Southern California, 2014

  • B.S. Foreign Service, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 2006


Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the international relations (IR) of East Asia. My research focuses on applying and testing such IR theories as status, authority, and legitimacy; power transition; and socialization processes, especially in regard to Chinese foreign and security policy.

Some of my current research and publications on international security include: China's evolving approach to international peacekeeping and intervention; conventional arms and export controls; the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT); China-Africa security relations; territorial conflicts in the South China Sea and China-ASEAN dynamics; and multilateral security organizations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Contact Information

Chin-Hao Huang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Southern California

Email: chinhao.huang@usc.edu



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