A full academic CV will be available in pdf. format in due course; the following was last updated on 10 January 2018.



Change and Continuity in North Korean Politics, co-edited with Robert Winstanley-Chesters and Christopher Green (Routledge, November 2016).

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters 

(2018/19). “British Responses to Korean War Crimes,” English Historical Review, co-authored with Hannah Dawson (Winter), forthcoming.

(2018). Evaded States: Security and Control in the Sino-North Korean Border Region,” in Routledge Handbook of Asian Borderlands, Alexander Horstmann, Martin Saxer, Alessandro Rippa, eds., (Routledge: January), 422-433.

(2017). “Tradition and Legitimation in North Korea: The Role of the Moranbong Band,” Review of Korean Studies, co-authored with Pekka Korhonen, Vol. 20, No. 2 (December), 7-32.

(2017). “Tethering Tibet: Recent Chinese Historiography and Liu Shengqi in Lhasa, 1945-1949,Asian Affairs, Vol. 48, no. 1 (March), 74-87.

(2017). “Xi’s Belt: Chinese-North Korean Relations,” with Christopher Green, in Chinese Foreign Policy under Xi, Hoo Tiang Boon, ed. (Routledge; February), pp. 130-143.

(2017). “Death and Transfiguration: The Late Kim Jong-Il Aesthetic in North Korean Cultural Production,” Popular Music and Society, with Pekka Kohornen, Vol. XX, No. 1, pp 1-16.

(2016). “Resurrecting Defeat: International Propaganda and the Shenyang Trials of 1956,” in War Crimes Trials in the Wake of Decolonization and Cold War in Asia, 1945-1956: Justice in Time of Turmoil, Kerstin von Lingen, ed. (Palgrave), pp. 261-278. 

(2016.) “’Kim Jong-un Syndrome’: North Korean Commemorative Culture and the Succession Process,” Change and Continuity in North Korean Politics, co-edited with Robert Winstanley-Chesters and Christopher Green (Routledge), pp. 6-22.

(2016.) “Kim Jong-un and the Practice of Songun Ideology,” with Steven Denney and Christopher Green, Change and Continuity in North Korean Politics, Adam Cathcart, Robert Winstanley-Chesters and Christopher Green, eds. (Routledge), pp. 53-64.

(2015) “North Korean Regime Stability: The Chinese-North Korean Border Region as Test Case,” with Christopher Green, in East Asian Intelligence and Organised Crime, Stephan Blancke, ed. (Berlin: Köster Verlag), pp. 291-302.

(2015). “In the Shadow of Jang Song-Taek: Pyongyang’s Evolving SEZ Strategy and Dandong,” On Korea, Vol. 8 (January), 126-137. Previously published as: (2014) In the Shadow of Jang Song-taek: Pyongyang’s Evolving Strategy with the Hwanggumpyeong and Wihua Islands,” Korea Economic Institute of America Academic Paper Series, Vol. 8 (June), 8 pp.

(2014). “Nation, Ethnicity, and the Post-Manchukuo Order in the Sino-Korean Border Region,” with Charles Kraus, in Key Papers on Korea: Papers Celebrating 25 Years of the Centre of Korean Studies, SOAS, University of London, Andrew D. Jackson, ed. (Brill) 79-99.

(2014). “How Authoritarian Regimes Maintain Domain Consensus: North Korean Information Strategies in the Kim Jong-un Era,” Review of Korean Studies, co-authored with Christopher Green and Steven Denney, Vol. 17, No. 2 (December) 145–178.

(2013).“North Korea’s Cultural Diplomacy in the Early Kim Jong-un Era,” with Steven Denney, North Korean Review, Vol, 9, No. 2 (Autumn) 29-42.

(2012). “Musical Diplomacy in the Nixon-Kissinger China Visits, 1971–1973,” Yonsei Journal of International Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring/Summer) 31–38.

(2011). “The Bonds of Brotherhood: New Evidence of Sino-North Korean Exchanges, 1950-1954,” with Charles Kraus, Journal of Cold War Studies, Vol. 13, No. 3, 27-51.

(2011). “War Criminals and the Road to Sino-Japanese Normalization: Zhou Enlai and the Shenyang Trials, 1954–1956,” in Caroline Rose, ed., Sino-Japanese Relations : History, Politics, Economy, Security : Volume II: History Revisited, Critical Concepts in Asian Studies (London: Routledge, June) 49–70.  (Reprint of 2009 article.)

(2010). “Nationalism and Ethnic Identity in the Sino-Korean Border Region of Yanbian, 1945-1950,” Korean Studies, Vol. 34 (December) 25-53.

(2010). “Japanese Devils and American Wolves: Chinese Communist Songs from the War of Liberation and the Korean War ,” Popular Music and Society, Vol. 33, No. 2 (May): 203-218.

(2010). “Walls as Multivalent Icons in the early People’s Republic,” in Chinese Walls in Time and Space: History, Medicine, Media, Law, Art, and Literature, Haun Saussy and Roge DesForges, eds. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press) 175–210.

(2009).  “North Korean Hip Hop? Reflections on Musical Diplomacy and the DPRK,” Acta Koreana, Vol. 12, No. 2 (December): 1-19.

(2009). “’’To Serve Revenge for the Dead’: Chinese Communist Reflections of the War of Resistance in the PRC Foreign Ministry Archive, 1949-1956,” with Patricia Nash, China Quarterly No. 200 (December): 1053-1070. [This article was awarded China Quarterly’s Gordon White Prize for the best article published in in 2009.]

(2009). “War Criminals and the Road to Sino-Japanese Normalization: Zhou Enlai and the Shenyang Trials, 1954-1956,” with Patricia Nash, Twentieth-Century China 34:2 (April): 89-111.

(2009). “’Against Invisible Enemies’ : Japanese Bacteriological Weapons in China’s Cold War, 1949 1952,” Chinese Historical Review Vol. 16, No. 1 (Spring): 101-129.

(2009). “Transnational Voyages: Reflections on Teaching Exodus to North Korea,” ASIANetwork Exchange Vol. 17, No. 1 (Fall).

(2008).  “Peripheral Influence: The Sinuiju Student Incident and the Soviet Occupation of North Korea, 1945-1947,” with Charles Kraus, Journal of Korean Studies Vol. 13, No. 1 (Fall), 1-28.

(2008). “Internationalist Culture in North Korea, 1945-1950,” with Charles Kraus, Review of Korean Studies Vol. 11, No. 3 (September), 123-148.

(2008).  “Song of Youth North Korean Music from Liberation to War,” North Korean Review, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Fall), 93-104.

(2008). “Atrocities, Insults, and ‘Jeep Girls’: Depictions of the U.S. Military in China, 1945–1949,” International Journal of Comic Art Vol. 8, No. 1 (Spring), 140–154.

(2006). “Urban Chinese Perspectives on the U.S. Occupation of Japan, 1945–1947,” Studies on Asia Series II, Vol. 3, No. 2, 21–48.

(2006) “Music and Politics in Hitler’s Germany,” Madison Historical Review, Vol III, No. 1 (September), 1–17.

(2004). “Cruel Resurrection: Chinese Political Cartoons from the Korean War,” International Journal of Comic Art Vol. VI, No. 1 (Winter), 37–55.

Policy Papers

(2017). Tigers in the Haze: Chinese Troops on the Border with North Korea in the ‘April Crisis’China Brief, The Jamestown Foundation, Vol. 17, No. 13 (20 October), pp. 11-17.

(2016). “China-North Korea Relations: Past, Present, and Future,” China-North Korean Relations and the Future of the Korean Peninsula, Korean National Diplomatic Academy, Center for China Studies/ROK Foreign Ministry (Seoul: 29 September), pp. 17-25.

(2016). “Keep Calm and Carry On: Beijing’s DPRK Policy in 2016,” RUSI Newsbrief, Royal United Services Institute, London Vol. 36, No. 5 (September), pp. 16-18.

(2016). “Understanding China’s Response to North Korean Missile, Nuclear Tests,” China Brief, The Jamestown Foundation, Vol. XVI, No. 5 (March 10), pp. 11-14.

(2014). “In the Shadow of Jang Song-taek: Pyongyang’s Evolving SEZ Strategy with the Hwanggumpyeong and Wihwa Islands,Korea Economic Institute of America Academic Paper Series, Vol. 8 (June), 8 pp.

(2013). “The Discursive Battleground for North Korean Refugees: ‘Double Defector’ Propaganda and Emerging Sino-North Korean Frictions,” with Brian Gleason, Peaceful Unification of the Korean Peninsula and Human Rights in North Korea, ed. Korea-UK Forum on the Peaceful Unification of Korea (London: ROK Ministry of Unification), 109–137.

(2012). “Seven Fingers: China’s New Leadership and North Korea Policy,” Pacific Forum (No. #87), with Roger Cavazos and Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga. Center for Strategic and International Studies, Hawaii, December 26.

Review Essays (selected)

(2018). Ian McClaine, A Korean Conflict: The Tensions between Britain and America (for War and History, forthcoming).

(2016). Hajimu Masuda, Cold War Crucible: The Korean Conflict and the Postwar World (for H-Diplo).

(2016.) Review of Hyun Ok Park, the Capitalist Unconscious: From Korean Unification to Transnational Korea (for Sino-NK).

Prior to 2016, see my book reviews in British Association of Korean Studies Papers (2015), North Korean Review (2015), H-German (2013), Korean Studies (2010, 2007), H-Diplo (2009), Journal of Asian Studies (2009), Acta Koreana (2008), International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter (2007), China Information (2007, 2006), Chinese Historical Review (2007), Education About Asia (2005). Full citations available upon request. 

Journalistic Publications  

(2017). ‘Fraying of ties with China should be Kim Jong-un’s greatest worry,’ South China Morning Post, 31 December.

(2017). ‘Beyond the Bridges of Dandong: Politics, Corruption, and Sanctions Enforcement,’ NK News, 8 December.

(2017). ‘Beijing-Pyongyang: The State of the Alliance in 2017,’ interview with Seungmock Oh, NK News, 6 December.

(2017). ‘Tigers in the Haze: Chinese Troops on the North Korean Border during the April “Crisis”,’ Modern Tokyo Times, 7 November.

(2017). ‘With sister’s elevation, Kim Jong-un consolidates family’s control over North Korea,’ South China Morning Post, 22 October.

(2017). ‘Corrupt Colleagues and Family Ties: Xi’s Lesson from the Gao Gang Affair,’ China Policy Institute Analysis, with Wankun Li, University of Nottingham, 16 October.

(2017). ‘Reading Trump Tweets in Pyongyang,’ Foreign Policy, 6 September. [Reprinted in the Chicago Tribune; also available in French translation.]

(2017). ‘Crucial China role in North Korea impasse,’ Yorkshire Post, 4 September.

(2017). ‘Trade ties drive China’s delicate dance around North Korean nuclear threat,’ South China Morning Post, 26 August.

(2017). ‘Talking North Korea Sanctions in China,’ NK News, 21 August.

(2017). ‘Vigour and Inertia in China’s North Korea Discourse,’ East Asia Forum, 17 August.

(2017). ‘Trigger Warnings: Looking for Fissures in China-North Korea Relations,’ The Diplomat, 1 August.

(2017). ‘White House must conquer its own chaos and stop improvising to have a robust dialogue with Pyongyang,’ South China Morning Post, 30 July.

(2017). ‘No space for democracy? Political dissidence in colonial vs. contemporary Hong Kong,’ with Alexander Shaw, Hong Kong Free Press, 23 July.

(2017). ‘Poking the Wasp Nest: Shen Zhihua’s Controversial Speech on North Korea,’ NK News, 12 July.

(2017). ‘China won’t bail out Trump on North Korea,’ CNN, 5 July.

(2017). ‘Lectures and Threats: How to read rumors of a North Korea-China breakup,’ NK News, 12 June.

(2017). ‘Hunchun: North Korean workers and trade in China’s borderlands,’ NK News, 17 May.

(2017). ‘China’s position on North Korea appears to shift ,’ South China Morning Post, 23 April.

(2017). ‘Reading North Korea news in China,’ NK News, 30 March.

(2017). “North Korea Doesn’t Trust China an Inch,” Foreign Policy, 8 March. 

(2017). ‘China, North Korea going through rough patch but break-up not on the horizon‘ (published in print edition as ‘Seeing past N Korea doomsday talk’), South China Morning Post, 5 March.

(2017). ‘Understanding China’s suspension of North Korean coal imports,’ The Interpreter, Lowy Institute, Sydney, 3 March.

(2017). ‘How different would North Korea have been under Kim Jong Nam?’ The Guardian, 23 February.

(2017). ‘Targeting Northeastern Tigers: The Anti-Corruption Campaign in Liaoning,’ China Policy Institute Analysis, 23 February.

(2017). ‘What can Trump actually do about North Korea?’ CNN, 15 February.

(2016). ‘Youth work and class education under Kim Jong-un,’ NK News, 20 October.

(2016). “How Sanctions on a Chinese Firm Hurt North Korea and Help the U.S.,” NK News, 3 October.

(2016). “Unraveling China-North Korea Relations,” The Diplomat, 26 September 2016.

(2016). “After North Korea’s Fifth Nuclear Test: Why Kim Jong-un is Smiling,”CNN International, 9 September.

(2016). Reading Chinese media responses to a North Korean defection,” China Policy Institute Analysis (University of Nottingham), 7 September.

(2015). “Explainer: what is Mao’s Little Red Book and why is everyone talking about it?” The Conversation, 26 November.

(2015). ‘Assessing North Korea’s “Ground Game” with China,’ The Diplomat, 27 August.

(2015). ‘North Korean rhetoric is full of sound and fury – but doesn’t quite signify war,’ The Guardian, 21 August.

(2015). “From Cairo to Chongqing: Global vs. Local Histories of the Second World War,” with Wankun Li, China Policy Institute Analysis (University of Nottingham), 21 August. 

(2015). ‘The bombs kept falling in the wake of Hiroshima,’ Yorkshire Post (UK), 8 August.

(2015.) “Unrest in the Southwest: The fight to join the high-speed rail network,” with Wankun Li, China Policy Institute Analysis (University of Nottingham), 21 May. 

(2015.) ‘Kim Jong-un’s vulnerability on display as North Korean rumours abound,’ The Guardian, 15 May.

(2015). ‘‘Kim Jong-un: purges, paranoia, plots and the beloved leader’s cancelled trip to Moscow,’ The Conversation, 1 May.

(2014). ‘《刺杀金正恩》为何激怒朝鲜?’ FT 中文网评论, 22 December.

(2014). ‘For North Korea there is nothing comic about killing off Kim,’ Financial Times, 19 December.

(2014). ‘North Korea has upped its game in ongoing propaganda war,’ The Conversation, 19 December.

(2014). “Assessing China-DPRK Trade and SEZ Potential: The Dandong Trade Fair,” The Peninsula, Korean Economic Institute (blog), 14 October.

(2014). “With Kim Jong-un’s Return, North Korea is Back to Normal,” The Conversation, 13 October.

(2014). “Where is Kim Jong Un?The Atlantic, 7 October.

(2014). “North Korean Scholars and Koguryo: How to Reignite a Historical Controversy on Chinese National Day,” China Policy Institute Blog, University of Nottingham, October 3.

(2014). “Keeping China in Check: How North Korea Manages its Relationship with a Superpower,” China Policy Institute Blog, University of Nottingham, July 28.

(2014). “Xi Jinping’s diplomatic goals in the South Korean capital do not perturb the North Korean regime in the least,” The Guardian, July 3.

(2014). “Abusive Convenience: Recent Chinese-North Korean Relations,” China Policy Institute Blog, University of Nottingham, June 26.

(2014). “Orchestrating a Limited Musical Cosmopolitanism,” The Daily NK, May 30.

(2014). “Is China Losing Faith in North Korea?,” The Guardian, 9 May 2014.

(2014). “Bullet Trains and Wood-Burning Trucks,” with Steven Denney, The Daily NK, April 29.

(2014). “Tuning Out Beijing’s Six-Party Drumbeat,” China Policy Institute Blog, University of Nottingham, April 1.

(2014). “Red Lines and Correct Roads: Recent Chinese Policy Discourse on North Korea,” China Policy Institute Blog, University of Nottingham, March 10.

(2014). “Limited Soft Power: Zhang Guozuo’s View of Culture, Propaganda, and North Korea,” China Policy Institute Blog, University of Nottingham, January 23.

(2014). “Dennis No Solution to Cultural Chill of Youth,” The Daily NK, January 21.

(2013). “’Thrice Cursed Acts of Treachery’? Parsing North Korea’s Report on the Execution of Kim Jong Un’s Uncle,” The Atlantic, December 13.

(2013). “The Fall of Jang Song-taek,” The National Interest, December 11.

(2013). “North Korea’s Invisible Bridge,” The Daily NK, November 8.

(2013). “Sweet American Liquor over Bitter Chinese Tea,” The Daily NK, September 10.

(2013). “North Korean Cultural Politics in Reverse Gear,” The Daily NK, April 11.

(2013). “Smoke with Chasms for China and North Korea,” The Daily NK, February 11.

(2013). “Pyongyang Machiavelli: All of Kim’s Men,” The Diplomat, April 17.

(2013). “In Search of an Icon,” Interview with Blaine Harden, Yonsei Journal of International Studies Vol. 13, No. 1 (Spring) pp. 137–151.

(2013). “Dr. Strangelove and the Special Economic Zone: Balance and Imbalance in China’s Long-Term North Korea Strategy,” with Roger Cavazos and Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga, KEI Peninsula [Korea Economic Institute blog], January 7.

(2012). “Beijing’s new Politburo may deal more firmly with North Korea,” South China Morning Post, December 29.

(2012). “Seven Fingers: China’s New Leadership and North Korea Policy,” Pacific Forum (No. #87), with Roger Cavazos and Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga. Center for Strategic and International Studies, Hawaii, December 26.

(2012). “North Korea Does Not Believe in Unicorns,” Foreign Policy, December 27.

(2012). “Oprah vs. Juche: Reviewing the North Korean Border Capture, Captivity and Trial of Laura Ling and Euna Lee,” with Brian Gleason, Korean Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 2, September.

(2012). “Boom or Bust? North Korea and Changes in Liaoning,” The Daily NK, August 31.

(2012). “The Slick Propaganda Stylings of Kim Jong Un,” with Isaac Stone Fish, Foreign PolicyJuly 13.

(2012). “Cracking Down and Opening Up: China’s Defector Discourse,” The Daily NK, May 29.

(2012). “Not-So-Great Expectations: On North Korea’s Promises of Prosperity,” Foreign Policy, April 15.

(2012). “The Sea of Blood Opera Show: A History of North Korean Musical Diplomacy,” The Atlantic, March 19.

(2012). “How Weibo ‘Killed’ Kim Jong-Un,” The Diplomat, February 11.

(2012). “I Watched North Korea’s Propaganda Film So You Don’t Have To,” Foreign Policy, January 13.

(2011). “A Tale of Two North Koreas: China Can’t Decide if it Wants to Praise Kim Jong Il or Bury Him,” Foreign Policy, December 30.

(2011). “Bow Before the Portrait: Sino-North Korean Relations in the Kim Jong Un Era,” China Beat, December 23; syndicated by History News Network, December 23.

(2011). “Deaths Leave More Questions than Answers,” The Daily NK, December 19.

(2011).  “Lux Sinica: China’s ‘Civilizing Influence’ in North Korea,” Korean Quarterly, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Summer), 43-44.

(2010). “Chinese Capitalism Floods North Korea,” Duluth News-Tribune (Minnesota), September 27, p. A15.

(2010). “Respect-worthy Friends or Duplicitous Snakes? Chinese Views of North Korea,” Korean Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Winter), 11-12.

(2006). “The Chinese Frontier: Window Into North Korea,” Korean Quarterly Vol. 10, No. 1 (Fall): 61, 78-79.

(2006). “North Korea: The Lonely Nuclear Power,” Akron [Ohio] Beacon Journal, October 12, p. B2.

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