Peng-Khuan Chong

Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science; Distinguished Teaching Award 1988

BA, Cornell University; MA, University of New Hampshire

Contact information

Rounds Hall 109
MSC # 39

About Professor Chong

Professor Peng-Khuan Chong grew up in Malaysia and is a graduate of the Royal Military College there. With a background in economics and political science and interests in the political development of Southeast Asia he visits the region and West Africa every year. In 2011 and 2012 he helped in the establishment of PSU student and faculty exchanges with Universiti Tenku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) in Kampar, Malaysia and Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is a Board Governor and visiting Professor at Houdegbe North American University in Benin, West Africa. He enjoys poetry and literature about the UNESCO world heritage city of Penang. He loves to hike and ski in the White Mountains and  maintains that his best education is from them and  his daughters who are graduates from Cornell and Yale. He was Chair of the Social Science Department from 2004 to 2012.


Confucianism and Modernization. Kwame Nkrumah Hall, HNAUB, Cotonou, Benin. May, 2009.
Malaysia as a Model for Islamic Modernization. Boyd Hall, PSU. September, 2010.
Glimpses of American Traditions: Poetry and Presidential Elections. The Centre for International Studies Kuala Lumpur. April, 2011.
The Leadership Role of Houdegbe North American University in West Africa. January, 2012.


Distinguished Teaching Commendation. Governor John Lynch of New Hampshire. May, 2008.
Faculty Residence Hall of  Houdegbe North American University of Benin dedicated to Professor Peng-Khuan Chong. January, 2012.

Courses Taught

  • Politics and Government.
  • Comparative Politics
  • Politics of the Pacific Rim
  • International Political Economy
  • History of Asian Cultures
  • Politics of Islamic Fundamentalism
  • Foreign Policy of China
  • Modern China
  • Modern Japan
  • Independent Study and Special Topics