Adam Cathcart holds a Ph.D. in contemporary history from Ohio University. After several years of teaching in the United States, China, and Northern Ireland, he joined the School of History at the University of Leeds in September 2013.
With primary research interest in Chinese-North Korean relations and the Korean War, Dr. Cathcart has published peer-reviewed articles in Journal of Cold War Studies, Journal of Korean Studies, Korean Studies, North Korean Review, Acta Koreana, and Review of Korean Studies. He travels regularly to Beijing, Seoul, Liaoning province, and the PRC Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture for research.
His doctoral dissertation focused on Sino-Japanese relations from 1945-1952, and he remains active in symposia on war crimes trials after World War II. In 2010, he won China Quarterly‘s Gordon White Prize for his article “To Serve Revenge for the Dead: CCP Reflections of the War of Resistance in the PRC Foreign Ministry Archive, 1949-1956.” His recent work on PRC war crimes trials of Japanese defendants was presented at the Law School of the National University of Singapore, and a new article will be published in a forthcoming University of Heidelberg volume edited by Kirsten van Lingen.
In addition to being an active speaker and lecturer, Adam Cathcart is a regular media voice on matters concerning North Korea, cultural exchanges, and the Chinese-North Korean border. His commentaries have been published in the Financial Times, The Guardian, and the South China Morning Post, among others, and 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, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, The Economist, and Le Monde. He tweets [@]adamcathcart.
Dr. Cathcart receives research funding from the Beyond the Korean War Project at Cambridge University, and will be starting his second competitive research fellowship with the Academy of Korean Studies this coming autumn.
Adam Cathcart is the editor of the Papers of the British Association of Korean Studies, and 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.