Junior wins Truman Scholarship for U.S. foreign policy research

Albert Chang

Albert Chang

Stanford junior Albert Chang, a political science and East Asian studies double major, is one of 75 national recipients of the 2005 Truman Scholarship. A native of Danville, Chang was honored for his research in U.S. foreign policy.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation, established by Congress in 1975 as a memorial for president Harry S. Truman, provides prestigious awards of $30,000 to college students in the United States planning on pursuing graduate education. Recipients of the award are selected on the basis of their outstanding leadership potential, academic excellence and commitment to a career in government or public service. Along with the financial aid, the scholarship also provides students with leadership training, career and graduate school counseling and internship opportunities.

Chang said his interest in international relations dates back to his early childhood. "I read just about every military, history and philosophy book I could get my hands on," Chang said. "I would hop between chapters and between books, jumping from battles of ancient Greece to the mistakes and successes of World War II."

In college, that fascination blossomed into an academic passion that has taken him from Taipei to Oxford to Washington, D.C. Chang has worked for two different think tanks on issues of global strategy and analysis, and he also has worked at the U.S. Department of State focusing on issues of African peacekeeping, U.S.-Middle East relations and Iraqi transnational security. Chang has published two papers (with one forthcoming) on international security issues in Northeast Asia.

Following graduation from Stanford, Chang intends to pursue a joint law and master's degree program. "No matter how much I try not to think about it, there is no denying to myself that my ultimate goal is to still someday become secretary of state or the less visible but equally important position of national security advisor," Chang said.

Strong beliefs and hope for progress keep Chang motivated. "International security," he said "is not a subject that is fascinating in and of itself. It is, instead, a critical medium that I have chosen to dedicate my life to with the ultimate vision of safeguarding and preserving the way of life and the ideals that I have come to love."