Professor Chen is currently Associate Professor of History, Global Asia Studies, and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. He is also President of the International Society for Chinese Law and History (2014-2017) and member of the Editorial Board of the Law and History Review and of the Publications Committee of the American Society for Legal History.
His research and teaching interests include late Imperial and modern China (15th-20th centuries), Chinese law and society, Sino-Western relations, international law and history, empire and postcolonial studies. He has presented his research at various institutions, including Harvard University, Columbia University, University of Chicago, Duke University, University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua University, College de France, and University of Helsinki.
- Chinese Law in Imperial Eyes: Sovereignty, Justice and Transcultural Politics. (Columbia University Press: 2015)