William Chou

  • Japan Chair Fellow, Hudson Institute
  • Class of 2021–2022

William Chou is a Japan Chair Fellow at the Hudson Institute where his research focuses on U.S.-Japan and Indo-Pacific relations, national security, trade, and technology issues. He was previously a George P. Shultz Fellow at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation and Institute.

William was a 2021–2022 postdoctoral fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin after he earned his Ph.D. in History at The Ohio State University in 2021. His doctoral research focused on research focused on diplomacy, trade, and technology. His book oncoming book Made for America: Postwar Japanese Exports and the Evolution of US-Japanese Relations examines the postwar U.S.-Japanese alliance from the perspective of Japanese consumer exports and how they reconfigured bilateral security, economic, and cultural relations.

Prior to his fellowship 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 & 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 BA in History from Yale University, where he worked as the research assistant to Paul M. Kennedy’s book, Parliament of Man.