Adam Cathcart

Adam Cathcart, Ph.D., is a lecturer in Chinese History at the University of Leeds in northern England.

Parkinson, by Cathcart

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.  

His research program falls into three main categories:

-1. China-North Korea relations 

- 2. Sino-Japanese relations 

- 3. East-West Cultural Relations 

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.

Adam Cathcart in Shanghai, December 10, 2011. Photo by Wang Yue.

Contact information:

Mailing address: 

School of History, Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JT, United Kingdom


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  2. I am so glad to hear you’re an academic, I feel less inadequate about the state of my own blog… Yours is truly brilliant by the way!

  3. And there was me thinking I had the only Chinese/Music blog in town – boy, is my face red! Some really interesting articles on here, keep up the good work :)

  4. David Feldman says


    It seems in northward haste my transcription of the manuscript was left behind. Thus come to pass aforeprophesied unpleasantries, including but not limited to could you kindly pass on the original document that you printed out to the email seen above, as I think your additions to the less than supple machine translation I can reinstigate from memory.

    Praying the cult of techno-narcissism brings this message to you without delay,


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  7. Leann Littig says

    Dear Professor Cathcart,
    Your extentsive travels and musical talents both in the Asian world and around the United states are very inspiring to me and our revolutionary China class continues to facinate me as it is my first asian studied class! My Ah Q paper is going well I think! I really feel like I grasped the reading and epressed myself in this first paper!
    P.S Speak more french in class! it’s lovely!

  8. Jess Tveit says

    Professor Cathcart, I am excited to learn all you have learned in all your incredible travels in the Tibet class this semester! I also didn’t know you played the cello!!!

  9. Kind of pumped that wild “Music and War” class I took with you at Hiram College got a shout-out here…that is still one of my favorite courses from my ol’ undergraduate days — well, half of it is my favorite…

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