Bio

Jonathan Spangler is an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) in the International Affairs and Diplomacy Program at Ming Chuan University. He concurrently serves as the Director of the South China Sea Think Tank. He received his PhD in Asia-Pacific studies from National Chengchi University, and he 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, education, sustainable development, and 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 ten years in Taiwan.

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

Research Interests

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

Affiliations

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

Director

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

CV Jonathan Spangler 201909.pdf

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Institutional Inquiries

For inquiries about the South China Sea Think Tank, please contact the SCSTT Editorial Team at research@scstt.org.

For inquiries about the Asia-Pacific Policy Research Association, please contact the APPRA Secretariat at secretariat@appolicy.org.