Adam Cathcart

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

Adam Cathcart holds a Ph.D. in contemporary history from Ohio University. After university teaching in the United States, China, and Northern Ireland, he joined the School of History at the University of Leeds in autumn 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, Twentieth-Century China, 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 an active researcher on questions of Japanese 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 commentaries on North Korea, cultural exchanges, and the Chinese-North Korean border 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 he has received research funding from the Beyond the Korean War Project at Cambridge University, and just completed a second competitive research fellowship with the Academy of Korean Studies.

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.

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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