Adam Cathcart


Adam Cathcart in Yokohama, 30 December 2014.

(Yokohama, December 2014)

Adam Cathcart holds a Ph.D. in contemporary history from Ohio University, where he studied under the supervision of Donald Jordan, and joined the School of History at the University of Leeds in September 2013.

Dr. Cathcart is primarily active as a historian of Chinese-North Korean relations in the early Cold War. He has published peer-reviewed articles on this subject in Journal of Cold War Studies, Journal of Korean Studies, Korean Studies, and Review of Korean Studies, and travels regularly to Hong Kong, Beijing, and the PRC Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture for research.

In 2010, he was awarded with the Gordon White Prize by China Quarterly for the publication of his Sino-Japanese relations article “To Serve Revenge for the Dead: CCP Reflections of the War of Resistance in the PRC Foreign Ministry Archive, 1949-1956.” In 2014, he presented research on PRC war crimes trials of Japanese at the Law School of the National University of Singapore and at the University of Heidelberg. His revised dissertation, on Chinese views of the US occupation of Japan, is in preparation for submission to Bloomsbury Press.

His commentaries have been published in the Financial Times, The Guardian, and the South China Morning Post. He has been interviewed and quoted by BBC television, BBC radio, National Public Radio, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Kyodo, AFP, the AP, The Economist, and Le Monde.

He is a member of the Beyond the Korean War Project at Cambridge University and recently completed a fellowship from the Academy of Korean Studies.

Adam Cathcart is the editor of the Papers of the British Association of Korean Studies, and the co-editor of Sino-NK, a collective of young scholars focusing on Korean and Chinese sources. He has previously lived and worked in China, (primarily Sichuan and Liaoning provinces, as well as Mao’er hutong in Beijing) and speaks and reads Chinese fluently.

His current research projects include articles about Kim Jong-un’s court orchestra, a North Korean hotel in Shenyang, the Shenyang Trials of 1956, the Iris Chang papers, and two separate book projects about Sino-North Korean relations in the Cold War and at present.

Contact Information
Adam Cathcart
School of History
University of Leeds
Leeds, LS2 9JT  (United Kingdom)
Email: a[dot]cathcart[AT]leeds[dot]ac[dot]edu


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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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  6. 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!

  7. 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!!!

  8. 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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