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Dr Isabelle Cheng

Senior Lecturer

Isabelle Cheng


I obtained my doctoral degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of University of London. I taught at School of East Asian Studies (SEAS) of University of Sheffield between February and June 2012. At SLAS I coordinate four units including China and East Asian Economies, Chinese History, Politics and Society, Contemporary East Asian Studies, and Migration in East Asia. I also contribute to the teaching of units which focus on gender, development, identity, foreign policy and European Studies. I am on the Executive Board of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS). I organised the 11th annual EATS conference, co-hosted by SLAS and CEISR on 30th April -2nd May 2014 at University of Portsmouth. I am a Research Associate of the Centre of Taiwan Studies, SOAS.

Research Interests

My doctoral research is titled ‘The Becoming of Immigrants from Outsiders to In-Betweens: the National Identity of Immigrant Women in Taiwan’. My research interests are marriage migration, labour migration, citizenship, national identity, multiculturalism, immigrants’ political participation, migration in East Asia, Overseas Chinese Studies and Taiwan Studies. My new research focuses on the Cold War across the Taiwan Strait and Chiang Kai-shek's war plans of retaking China. 

Research Clusters

  • Citizenship, 'Race' and Belonging
  • Transnational Europe
  • Women’s and Gender Study
  • International Development Studies and Security Issues

Discipline Areas

  • Migration Studies
  • Political Science
  • International Relations
  • Taiwan Studies

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