Sarah C. Paine, Ph.D.

Sarah C. Paine, Ph.D.

William S. Sims Professor
Strategy & Policy
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Dr. Sarah Paine has spent over eight years living abroad, with multiple year-long stints in Taiwan and Japan, and a year each in China, Russia, and Australia. Her publications are based on archival research in these countries. They include: The Wars for Asia 1911-1949 (Cambridge University Press, 2012), winner of the Richard W. Leopold Prize and the PROSE award for European & World History, and longlisted for the Lionel Gelber prize; Nation Building, State Building and Economic Development: Case Studies and Comparisons (edited) (M.E. Sharpe, 2010); The Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895: Power, Perceptions, and Primacy (Cambridge University Press, 2003); and Imperial Rivals: China, Russia, and Their Disputed Frontier, 1858-1924 (M.E. Sharpe, 1996), winner of the Barbara Jelavich Prize.
She has also co-written or co-edited with Bruce A. Elleman: Commerce Raiding: Historical Case Studies, 1755-2009 (edited) (Naval War College Press, 2013); Naval Power and Expeditionary Warfare: Peripheral Campaigns and New Theatres of Naval Warfare (edited) (Routledge, 2011); Modern China: Continuity and Change, 1644 to the Present (Prentice Hall, 2010); Naval Coalition Warfare: From the Napoleonic War to Operation Iraqi Freedom (edited) (Routledge, 2008), and Naval Blockades and Seapower: Strategies and Counter-Strategies 1805-2005 (edited) (Routledge, 2005).
She holds the following degrees: Ph.D. Russian and Chinese history, Columbia University; M.I.A. Columbia University School for International and Public Affairs with certificates from both the Russian and East Asian institutes; M.A. Russian Language, Middlebury College Russian School; B.A. Special concentration in Latin American Studies, Harvard University. She completed year-long language programs at the Stanford Center, Taipei, Taiwan; Taipei Language Institute, Taipei, Taiwan; and International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan.

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