Zach Fredman

Associate Professor of History, Duke Kunshan University
Associate Chair for Division of Arts and Humanities, Undergraduate Program, Duke Kunshan University 

Zach Fredman is historian of U.S. foreign relations and modern China. He is the author of The Tormented Alliance: American Servicemen and the Occupation of China, 1941–1949 (University of North Carolina Press, 2022). His new book project examines the U.S. military’s rest and recreation (R&R) program in Asia, Hawaii, and Australia during the Vietnam War. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include China studies, U.S. studies, institutions and governance, and public policy.

Fredman has published articles, essays, and book chapters in numerous venues, including Diplomatic History, Diplomacy and Statecraft, Modern American History, The Journal of Modern Chinese History, The Washington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2017, he received the Edward M. Coffman First Book Manuscript Prize from the Society for Military History and the Betty M. Unterberger Dissertation Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Fredman has a B.A. in history from the University of Arizona, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Boston University. Prior to joining Duke Kunshan, he held postdoctoral fellowships at Dartmouth College (2017-18) and Nanyang Technological University (2016-17).



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