Zach Fredman
Assistant Professor of History at Duke Kunshan University

Zach Fredman is a historian of the United States in the world and modern China. His first book, tentatively titled From Allied Friend to Mortal Enemy: The U.S. Military in Wartime China , is forthcoming with the University of North Carolina Press. It argues that by anchoring larger struggles over race, gender, and nation, the U.S. military in China during World War II and the Chinese Civil War transformed itself into a widely loathed occupation force that undermined Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist government. Zach has published scholarly articles in Diplomatic History,  The Journal of Modern Chinese History, Modern American History, Frontiers of History in China,  and Diplomacy and Statecraft . His writing has also appeared in The Washington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education

He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College's John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding (2017-2018) and Nanyang Technological University's School of Humanities and Social Sciences (2016-2017). His research has been supported with grants and fellowships from the Institute of International Education, the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Association for Asian Studies. 

He earned his Ph.D. at Boston University in 2016. In 2017, he received the Edward M. Coffman First Book Manuscript Prize from the Society for Military History and the Betty M. Unterberger Dissertation Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. 


Current Research Interests

U.S.-China Relations; Republican China; 20th Century U.S. Foreign Relations; Republican China; World War II; Military Occupation; Chinese Nationalism. 

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