Dr. Jonathan Spangler is an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) in the International Affairs and Diplomacy Program at Ming Chuan University in Taipei, Taiwan. He concurrently serves as the Director of the South China Sea Think Tank. Raised in Colorado, he has lived and worked in six countries in North America, Latin America, and East Asia, including ten years in Taiwan. He holds a PhD in Asia-Pacific Studies (International Relations) from National Chengchi University and is fluent in Chinese (TOCFL Level 5 – Fluent) and proficient in Spanish.

His primary research interests include global political dynamics, Indo-Pacific regional security and diplomacy, maritime territorial disputes, and US–China–Taiwan relations. He has over fifteen years of experience as an educator, having taught courses related to international relations, conflict studies and peace education, public speaking, international development, and other fields. His books, reports, academic articles, and other publications have been widely recognized and used by policymakers, researchers, students, and the media.

He is also an accomplished endurance athlete 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.

Research Interests

  • Global political dynamics
  • Indo-Pacific regional security and diplomacy
  • Maritime territorial disputes
  • US–China–Taiwan relations


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

Assistant Professor (Adjunct)

International Affairs and Diplomacy Program, Ming Chuan University

Teaches undergraduate-level courses in the International Affairs and Diplomacy Program of the MCU International College


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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