Assistant Professor

Undergraduate Departments

  • Liberal Arts

Graduate Departments

  • Master of Arts in Policy Studies


  • Ph.D. in history, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
    Major Field: Modern European Intellectual and Cultural History
    Minor Fields: Germany since 1806; American Intellectual History
  • M.A. in history, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
  • M.A. in history, National Tsing-Hua University, Hsin-chu, Taiwan
  • B.A., National Cheng-Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan


Dr. Shih-chieh (Jay) Su is an assistant professor whose current research focuses on analyzing the problematic relationship between the emergence of professional historians and the promotion of national identities in nineteenth-century Europe. By placing Ranke and the German historicism in the context of European historiography, the project will clarify the distinctions between Ranke’s views and those of the French nationalist historian, Jules Michelet, one of the inspirations for the Annales.

His future research agenda will concentrate on exploring the Rankean paradigm to the global development of the modern historical discipline in modern Japan, China, and Taiwan, the new nation-states of the former Soviet bloc, and the postcolonial nation-states of the non-Western world.


  • “The Image of Leopold von Ranke in Taiwan: A Survey on the Effect of the Introduction of Historicism in Taiwan,” [in Chinese] Contemporary Monthly (Dangdai Yueh Kan) 163 (March, 2001), 48-77.
  •  “Chang, Shih-Chai and ‘Historicism’,” [in Chinese] Shih Hsüeh 14 (1993), 33-49.

Papers Read

  • “Forgetting and the Writing of National Histories: A Theoretical Overview,” the 3rd International Conference on Re-thinking Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia, September 5-9, 2012.
  • “Modern Historiography and Self-formation: Leopold von Ranke’s Utilization of History and the Stabilization of a Tripartite Selfhood,” The Colloquium: Unstable Narratives of the Sovereign Body from the Age of Enlightenment to World War I, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, September 20, 2012.
  • "Reconstructing the truth of German past: the Objective Pursuit of Historical Truth of Leopold von Ranke,” the 2013 Fall Symposium “Truth” of the Humanities Center, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, September 27, 2013.
  • “From Kulturnation to Staatsnation: the Construction of National Identity in the Life and Work of Leopold von Ranke,” The International Conference “Empire and Nations from the 18th to the 20th Century,” the Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, June 21-23, 2013.

Invited Lectures

  • “Leopold von Ranke’s Formation of a Tripartite Selfhood,” Department of History, National Cheng-Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, December 29, 2011.
  •  “Forgetting and the Writing of National Histories,” Workshop on Historical Consciousness, Taipei Municipal University of Education, Taipei, Taiwan, December 17, 2011.
  • “Communism: What Is It?” The Fall Liberal Arts Symposium, Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA, Oct. 20, 2009.
  • “The 228 Incident of 1947 in Taiwan,” 228 Memorial Service, Taiwanese Association of American, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Philadelphia, PA, Feb. 28, 2009.
  • “The Encroachment of Human Right in Taiwan under Ma’s Administration,” Formosan Association for Public Affairs, New Jersey Chapter, Princeton Junction, NJ, Dec. 20, 2008.
  • “The Spirit Within: The Spirit of ‘68 in Japanese Animation,” 1968 Symposium, Liberal Arts Department, Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA, Oct. 20, 2008.
  • “How Does a Student Learn History?” Association of High School History Teachers in Northern Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan, May 26, 2007.
  • “Celebration of the American Diversity of the Global ‘Americanization’,” Diversity and Acceptance, 19th Annual Honors Network Symposium, Delaware Valley College Honors Program, Doylestown, PA, Apr. 18, 2007.
  • “Professional Historiography and Nationalized History: The Rise of German Historicism and French Annales School,” Data Center of Western History, Department of History, National Cheng-Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, June 5, 2003.
  • “E-History or i-History? a New Prototype of Writing History,” Workshop on Historical Consciousness, Taiwan, Aug. 2001.


t: 267.489.2307
e: jay.su@delval.edu

Office Hours

Lasker Hall Room 301
Monday and Wednesday 12:15 -1:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:30 a.m.