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Lecturer in Chinese History, University of Leeds

Adam Cathcart, Ph.D., is a lecturer in Chinese History. In spring 2014, he completed an Academy of Korean Studies research grant in Northeast China, and took up the position of managing editor for Papers of the British Association of Korean Studies. Adam Cathcart serves as a regular peer reviewer for academic journals like Twentieth-Century China, Asian Perspectives, and the Journal of Asian Studies, and is a member of the “Beyond the Korean War” research group.

At Leeds in 2013-14, he taught a full-year research seminar on the Korean War, a course on China during the Mao years, and contributed an introductory module on war crimes and war crimes trials in 20th-century East Asia.

Cathcart reads and speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently, and works regularly in archival and contemporary sources in German, French, and Korean. He works regularly in the Chinese Foreign Ministry Archive (Beijing), the Bundesarchiv (Berlin), the Hoover Institution Archive (Stanford), and within a large collection of captured North Korean documents (National Archives II, College Park, Maryland).

He is presently at work on a book manuscript concerning North Korean-Chinese relations and borderlands from 1945-1950, a project co-authored with Charles Kraus (George Washington University / Woodrow Wilson Centre). He most recently lectured about the project on May 23, 2014, at Cambridge University.

Cathcart is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sino-NK, an academic web resource devoted to chronicling and analyzing China’s ties with North Korea, as well as the historical and cultural politics of both Koreas in relationship to northeast Asia. He is also an active cellist who holds a performance degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.


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    Lecturer in Chinese History, University of Leeds