Adam Cathcart

Adam Cathcart in Yokohama, 30 December 2014.
(Yokohama, December 2014)

[Updated 1 February 2020]

Adam Cathcart is lecturer in Chinese history at the University of Leeds (UK), where he teaches modules on the Korean War, Mao Zedong, and twentieth-century Japan. His primary research focus is on the Chinese-Korean border region and he serves as the editor of the European Journal of Korean Studies.

He has co-edited two books, entitled Change and Continuity in North Korean Politics (Routledge, 2016, with Christopher Green and Robert Winstanley-Chesters) and Decoding the Sino-North Korean Borderlands (Amsterdam University Press, forthcoming in summer 2020, with Christopher Green and Steven Denney).

A full listing of his article publications can be found here.

Dr. Cathcart has received research fellowships from the Academy of Korean Studies and the Freeman Foundation. He won China Quarterly‘s Gordon White Prize in 2010 for his article “To Serve Revenge for the Dead: CCP Reflections of the War of Resistance in the PRC Foreign Ministry Archive, 1949-1956,” and, with co-author Pekka Korhonen, he won the R. Serge Denisoff Award in 2018 for “Death and Transfiguration: The Late Kim Jong-Il Aesthetic in North Korean Cultural Production.”

At Leeds, he supervises PhD dissertations on rural economy in early-PRC Chongqing, Sino-Korean relations during the Cold War, and Japanese war crimes trials in Asia.

Adam Cathcart earned his PhD in contemporary history at Ohio University under the supervision of Donald Jordan. He was an assistant professor at Hiram College from 2004-2007, and gained tenure in the history department of Pacific Lutheran University in 2010.

His undergraduate degree is in cello performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Alan Harris. Cathcart has recorded works for cello and piano by contemporary Chinese composers, and performed as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra.

Adam Cathcart is the founder and co-editor of Sino-NK, an online scholarly collective. He has previously lived and worked in China (Chengdu, Shenyang, and Mao’er hutong in Beijing) and speaks and reads Chinese fluently.

11 thoughts on “Adam Cathcart

  1. 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!

  2. 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 🙂

  3. Adam,

    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,


  4. 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!

  5. 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!!!

  6. 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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