Steven Phillips teaches about China, Taiwan, and United States relations with East Asia. He earned his PhD in in East Asian History at Georgetown University in 1998. His research focuses on China and Taiwan, 1800-present, particularly political and diplomatic history, the Cold War, nationalism, and international relations. He is currently researching Chinese Nationalist foreign policy during the Cold War.
Dr. Phillips assisted with four Fulbright Group Project Abroad Grants (2006, 2008, 2010, and 2013). These grants enabled a dozen K-12 teachers, mainly from Maryland, to spend five weeks in China and Taiwan escorted by Dr. Phillips and Professor Jin Lijun of the College of Education. The teachers visited key historic sites and interacted with Chinese scholars in order to gain new perspectives on the Middle Kingdom.
In 2008-2011 Dr. Phillips held Towson University’s first Mitten Professorship in the College of Liberal Arts. This enabled him to arrange a series of talks about the challenges and opportunities offered by China’s rise. His goal was to ensure that this lengthy series of talks, when taken as a whole, provided a balanced overview of the People’s Republic, and did not hew to any single political agenda. These talks were designed to engage diverse audiences from outside of academia. Baltimore City and Baltimore County citizens had an opportunity to hear people like Dr. Richard Bush, a former diplomat, discuss Sino-American relations and journalist Adama Gaye talk about China’s influence in Africa.
Dr. Phillips often gives talks and writes about China’s history and current events, as well as the impact of China’s rise on the United States. His goal is to give Marylanders a balanced overview of the challenges presented by a more powerful People’s Republic of China.
Recent Public Outreach
“Oppression at a Price,” Baltimore Sun, October 13, 2014.
“Obama Must Take Stronger Measures to Confront Putin,” Baltimore Sun, March 21, 2014 (also interviewed on WBAL radio).
“Obama-Xi Summit Shows the Danger of Personal Diplomacy,” Baltimore Sun, June 11, 2013.
“The Asia Opportunity,” Baltimore Sun, January 14, 2013.
Recent Academic Publications
“Why Taiwan? ROC Leaders Explain Taiwan’s Strategic Value.” In American’s Strategic Pivot to Asia and Cross-Strait Relations: Economic and Security Dynamics, edited by Peter Chow. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2014.
“Nationalist Legitimacy and Overseas Chinese Mobilization.” Journal of Modern Chinese History 7, 1 (2013): 64-86.
“Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945).” In Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations, edited by David Armstrong. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Recent Lectures and Presentations
Historical Perspectives on the Taiwan Relations Act.” American Association for Chinese Studies conference, The George Washington University, Washington (October 2014).
“Nationalist Knowledge and American Inexperience in Cold War Burma.” Historical Society for Twentieth-Century China conference, Taipei (August 2014).