Kung-Chen Chen is a doctoral student in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research focuses on how politics shapes the landscape of global trade – especially in the realm of trade in services and the political dynamics of the WTO. He aims to bring in new insights to enrich our understanding of trade politics based on the protection-for-sale paradigm.

Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Chen served as the chief aide for the Chairperson of the Finance Committee in the National Congress of Taiwan for eight years. In this capacity, he was involved in policy formation and budgeting procedures, and was an active participant in foreign economic affairs. He was also a Fellow with the U.S. State Department’s Legislative Fellows Program.

Mr. Chen has a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Tokyo, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from National Taiwan University. He was also honored by the Ministry of National Defense of Taiwan during his service in the Navy.

Areas of Interest

  • International Political Economy
  • WTO
  • Machine Learning
  • Trade and Investment


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Columbia University
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    University of Tokyo
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    National Taiwan University

Research Topics

  • Methodology
  • International Relations
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Government and Politics Department
kc2710 [at] umd.edu