Yinan He (何憶南) is an associate professor at the Whitehead School of Diplomacy, Seton
Hall University. She holds Ph.D. in political science from Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. In AY 2012-2013 she is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson
School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. 

Professor He's research focuses on East Asian international security, Chinese and
Japanese foreign policy, politics of memory and reconciliation,and national identity and
nationalism in East Asia. Her book -- The Search for Reconciliation: Sino-Japanese and
German-Polish Relations since World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2009) -- is the
first systematic, scholarly study on post-conflict interstate reconciliation, an
important but often neglected topic in the field of international relations. 

Professor He has delivered presentations and talks at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Oxford,
Stanford, Columbia, Brown, Cornell, George Washington, Maryland, Academia Sinica,
National University Taiwan, University of Hong Kong, University of Science and Technology
in Hong Kong, Korea University, National University of Singapore, Fudan University,
Qinghua University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and various professional and learned

Professor He is a recipient of numerous prestigious academic grants and awards, such as
from Harvard University, the United States Institute of Peace, MacArthur Foundation, and
Japanese Government Mombusho Scholarship. During AY 2007-08 she was appointed as
Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs, Princeton University. In 2009 she received the Researcher of the Year Award at
Seton Hall University. She is also selected as a Public Intellectuals Program (PIP)
fellow of the National Committee on United States-China Relations for Year 2011-2013.



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

Why have some former enemy countries established durable peace while others remain mired in animosity?...


Journal Articles


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

Post-normalisation Sino-Japanese relations have been fraught with contradictions. In particular, three paradoxes stand out over...



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

The article argues that the harmonisation of national memories facilitates genuine reconciliation, while memory divergence...



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

After nearly 60 years of political confrontation, hopes for cross-Taiwan Strait reconciliation have run high...



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

Sino-Japanese political relations, fraught with disputes and tension during the Koizumi years, only began to...



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

Anti-Japanese popular nationalism is rising high in China today. Little evidence to date proves that...


Contribution to Book


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

This chapter examines the relative strength and mutual interaction between two distinct forces governing postwar...



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

Modern history of Sino-Japanese relations shows a pattern of shifting the orientation of nationalist sentiments...



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

Forthcoming Works


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

Nation is a product of self-other separation and exclusion. Divergent, or even competing, narratives about...


Other Publications


East Asia's History Mirror: Myths, Nationalism, and Territorial Disputes, The Ruritanian (Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, London School of Economics) (2012)


Nationalism and the China-Japan Island Disputes, Asia Unbound (Council on Foreign Relations Blog) (2012)