Main content

Research Fellows


Charles Chih-Hao Lee

Assistant Research Fellow


Ph.D., Faculty of History, University of Cambridge

Areas of Research

Modern British History, Intellectual and Social History of Modern Europe, History of Education

       I am a historian of Modern Britain, with particular interests in progressive thought and social reform in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. My current research project focuses on how Anglophone progressives drew on elements of Chinese culture to formulate a “post-Christian” social ethics in the first half of the twentieth century.
       I received my LL.B. and M.A. in history from National Taiwan University, where I completed a dissertation on the political thought of Victorian Oxford Idealist, T. H. Green, and his legacy to the New Liberalism. My doctoral study at Cambridge, fully sponsored by the Taiwanese government, led to a thesis titled “The Workers’ Educational Association and the Pursuit of Oxford Idealism, 1909-1949.” It looked at the WEA’s Idealist scheme of achieving good citizenship by providing university tutorial classes and campaigning for educational reform. I argued that from the outset the WEA struggled to realise its mission because its founding programme glossed over the irreconcilable tensions between Idealist philosophy and the professionalising aspirations embedded in universities and emerging academic disciplines, a crucial factor which contributed to the waning of the Idealist movement in the 1930s and 1940s.
       While working as a full-time Assistant Research Fellow/Professor at IHP, I also give undergraduate lectures in Modern European History and Intellectual History of Modern Europe at the National Taiwan Normal University.

  1. 〈「自由」的再詮釋:格林思想及其時代〉(臺北:國立臺灣大學歷史學研究所碩士論文,2012)。
  2. “The Workers’ Educational Association and the Pursuit of Oxford Idealism, 1909-1949” (PhD Thesis, University of Cambridge, 2018). 
Journal Articles
  1. “Idealism, Professionalism and the Origins of the Workers’ Educational Association: Revisiting the Oxford Report of 1908,” History of Education (Received 17 Sep 2018, Accepted 04 Oct 2020, Published online: 21 Dec 2020. [],紙本期刊預計2021下半年刊登).
Conference Papers
  1. “Idealism in Retreat: The Development of the Educational Campaign of the Workers' Educational Association, 1914-1939,” 2015 London Graduate Conference in Political Thought and Intellectual History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, June 5, 2015.
  2. “Tensions between Idealism and Professionalism: The Early Practice of Workers' Educational Association Tutorial Classes, 1908-18,” 2015 Political Science Association British Idealism Specialist Group Annual Conference, University of Hull, December 16,  2015.
  3. “Idealism, Professionalism and Workers' Educational Association Tutorial Classes, 1909-39,” Modern British History Research Seminar, University of Cambridge, April 21, 2016. (Invited)
  4. “A Workers' University? Democracy, Professionalism, and WEA Tutorial Classes, 1909-39,” Before the Welfare State: New Perspectives on Welfare in Britain 1800-1940 Workshop, University of Leicester, April 30, 2016.
  5. “The Workers' Educational Association, Oxford and the State, 1919-39,” Voluntary Action History 25th Anniversary Conference, University of Liverpool, July 14, 2016.
  6. “Idealism, Professionalism and the Workers' Educational Association Tutorial Classes, 1909-45,” Anglo-Taiwanese History Conference, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, September 2, 2016.
  7. “The Workers' Educational Association and the State: Professionalisation and the Decline of the Idealist Spirit, 1919-45,” Voluntary Action History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, October 3, 2016. (Nominated for the Pollard Prize for the best paper presented at an IHR seminar by a postgraduate student.)
  8. “Democracy, Professionalism and University Reform: Revisiting the '1908 Report', Oxford and Working-class Education,” the International Centre for Historical Research in Education Seminar, UCL Institute of Education, University College London, January 19, 2017. (Invited)
  9. “Elites and the Democratic Movement: The Case of the Workers' Educational Association, c. 1919-39,” European Democracies Workshop: Origins, Evolutions, Challenges, German Historical Institute, London, March 24, 2018.
  10. “In Pursuit of the 'Constructive Teaching' for Citizenship: Idealists, Positivists and the Workers' Educational Association, c. 1934-39,” Centre for Modern British Studies PGR/ECR Conference 2018, University of Birmingham, July 6, 2018.
  11. 〈追尋公民情操:牛津唯心論運動與英國工人教育協會的成立,1900-1914〉,發表於輔仁大學歷史學系主辦,世界史學術座談會——「2019年度:宗教、理性與激情」,2019年4月24日。
  12. 〈思想的實踐與思潮的更迭:論工人教育協會與英國唯心論的興衰,1900-1940〉,發表於葉聖陶研究會和復旦大學聯合主辦,第四屆「兩岸學者共話‧世界史」論壇,線上會議,2020年11月21日。
  13. 〈比較倫理學與後基督教社會倫理的摸索:L. T. Hobhouse(1864-1929)論中國倫理〉,發表於「台灣世界史討論會第五十一回年度學術研討會」,臺北:國立臺灣大學文學院,2021年3月26日。

Ph.D., Faculty of History, University of Cambridge (2019)
M.A., Departement of History, National Taiwan University (2012)
LL.B., Departement of Law, National Taiwan University (2008)

Current Position:
2021.2.1- , Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

Previous Position:
2019.8-2021.1, Assistant Professor, Departement of History, National Tawian Normal Univevrsity

2013-2016, Taiwanese Government Scholarship for Overseas Study
2016, Stanley Baldwin Studentship, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
2021-2026,Early-career member of the Royal Historical Society, UK

⟸ Back