William Chou is an America in the World Consortium Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Ph.D. in history at the Ohio State University in 2021, where his research focused on diplomacy, trade, and technology.
His book manuscript project examines the postwar U.S.-Japanese alliance from the perspective of Japanese consumer exports and how they reconfigured bilateral security, economic, and cultural relations. He is also currently working on a chapter for an edited volume on American capitalism in the twentieth century, addressing transpacific trade and knowledge transfer during the 1970s and 1980s.
Prior to arriving at the Clements Center, William was a foreign research scholar at the University of Tokyo and received fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, the Nippon Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution. In addition, he has worked at the Army’s Center for Military History and the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), where he researched on projects concerning the Iraq War, interagency intelligence coordination in Iraq, and capabilities-based defense planning. He received his B.A. in history from Yale University, where he worked as the research assistant to Paul M. Kennedy’s book, Parliament of Man.