Yinan He

Associate Professor
200 Maginnes Hall
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Interests : 

Politics of memory and reconciliation
East Asian security
Chinese and Japanese foreign policy
National identity and nationalism of East Asia



East Asian International Relations

Causes of War

US - China Relations

Chinese Foreign Policy

Japan in a Chinging World

Publications : 


The Search for Reconciliation: Sino-Japanese and German-Polish Relations since World War II    (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Articles in Refereed Journals

Domestic Troubles, National Identity Discourse, and China's Attitude toward the West, 2003-2012 Nations and Nationalism (2018)

Identity Politics and Foreign Policy: Taiwan’s Relations with China and Japan, 1895-2012 Political Science Quarterly (2014)

40 Years in Paradox: Post-normalisation Sino-Japanese Relations China Perspectives (2013) 

Comparing Postwar (West) German-Polish and Sino-Japanese Reconciliation: A Bridge Too Far? Europe-Asia Studies (2011) 

Competing Narratives, Identity Politics, and Cross-Strait Reconciliation Asian Perspective (2010)

Ripe for Cooperation or Rivalry? Commerce, Realpolitik, and War Memory in Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations Asian Security (2008) 

History, Chinese Nationalism and the Emerging Sino-Japanese Conflict Journal of Contemporary China (2007) 

Remembering and Forgetting the War: Elite Mythmaking, Mass Reaction, and Sino-Japanese Relations, 1950-2006 History and Memory (2007) 

Book Chapters

The Impact of Chinese National Identity on Sino-Japanese Relations in Gilbert Rozman ed. Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies, Vol. 28 (Korea Economic Institute of America, 2017)

Theory of Victory, Expectation Adjustment, and China’s Mutual Reassurance with Japan   China under Xi Jinping: Its Economic Challenges and Foreign Policy Initiatives (Brill 2015)

IR Theory and Bilateral Relations among China, Japan, and South Korea in the 2000s     Misunderstanding Asia: International Relations Theory and Asian Studies over Half a Century(Palgrave Macmillan 2015)

Remembering and Forgetting the War: Elite Mythmaking, Mass Reaction, and Sino-Japanese Relations Inherited Responsibility and Historical Reconciliation in East Asia (Routledge 2013)

The Past and Present of Sino-Japanese Relations: Revisiting the Role of the US Factor and the Legacy of History The United States between China and Japan (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2013)

War, Myths, and National Identity Formation: Chinese Attitudes toward Japan National Myths: Constructed Pasts, Contested Presents (Routledge 2013)

National Mythmaking and the Problem of History in Sino-Japanese Relations Japan’s Foreign Relations with China: Facing a Rising Power (Routledge 2006)

Other Publications

China's Political Trajectory and Foreign Relations under the Influence of National Identity, ASAN Forum Special Forum, Vol. 6, No. 6 (November-December 2018) 

The Bitter Legacies of the 1972 Sino-Japanese Normalization Talks Sources and Methods (Blog for the History and Public Policy Program, Woodrow Wilson Center) March 13, 2017

Book  review, Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino-Japanese Relations, Past and Present (by June Teufel Dreyer, Oxford UP), Journal of Chinese History Vol. 1, No. 2 (2016)

East Asia's History Mirror: Myths, Nationalism, and Territorial Disputes The Ruritanian (2012)

Nationalism and the China-Japan Island Disputes Asia Unbound (2012)