Jonathan Spangler is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the College of Social Sciences at National Chengchi University. He concurrently serves as the Director of the South China Sea Think Tank and Secretary General of the Asia-Pacific Policy Research Association. He received his PhD in Asia-Pacific studies from National Chengchi University in February 2018.

His primary research interests include Asia-Pacific regional diplomacy and security, maritime territorial disputes, and cross-strait relations, with an emphasis on the effects of state actors’ foreign policies on regional trends and volatility. He has over fifteen years of experience as an educator, having taught courses related to international relations, education, sustainable development, and a diversity of other fields. His books, reports, academic articles, analysis and commentary, reference materials, and other publications have been widely recognized and used by policymakers, researchers, students, and the media in various fields.

He is also an avid trail runner and mountaineer and has received certifications in mountain search and rescue and wilderness survival. In all of his work and activities, he remains committed to the inclusion of diverse perspectives and aims to make a positive and lasting impact on society.

Raised in Boulder, Colorado, he has lived and worked in six countries in North America, Latin America, and East Asia, including the past eight years in Taiwan.

For interviews, research collaboration requests, and other academic or media inquiries, please refer to the contact information below.

Research Interests

  • Asia-Pacific regional diplomacy and security
  • Maritime territorial disputes
  • Cross-strait relations


Jonathan Spangler concurrently serves in academic, leadership, or contributor positions with several research institutions and affiliated programs.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

College of Social Sciences, National Chengchi University

Leads a research team tasked with launching the new NCCU Taiwan and East Asia Book Series, which aims to make the highest-quality social sciences research about Taiwan and East Asia available to readers around the world


South China Sea Think Tank

South China Sea Think Tank (SCSTT) is an independent, non-profit organization promoting dialogue, research, and education on South China Sea issues.

SCSTT is part of the Asia-Pacific Policy Research Association and is based in Taipei, Taiwan.

Secretary General

Asia-Pacific Policy Research Association

The Asia-Pacific Policy Research Association (APPRA) is an independent, non-profit organization promoting dialogue, research, and education about policies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Curriculum Vitae

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CV (English)

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CV (Chinese)

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