Adam Cathcart

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

[Updated 25 October 2022]

Adam Cathcart is Associate Professor of East Asian History at the University of Leeds (UK), where he teaches modules on the history of the People’s Republic of China, the international history of the Korean War, and Sino-Japanese conflict. His primary research areas are the Sino-Korean border region and Chinese foreign policy.

His most recent book is Decoding the Sino-North Korean Borderlands, co-edited with Christopher Green and Steven Denney, published by Amsterdam University Press in January 2021.

A full listing of his book and article publications, as well as journalistic writing, 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 won the R. Serge Denisoff Award in 2018 for the best article (co-authored with Pekka Korhonen) in the journal Popular Music and Society.

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 proficiently.