Adam Cathcart


I began my formal studies in East Asian history as a graduate student at Ohio University, where I studied with Donald Jordan (an expert on Republican China and Sino-Japanese conflict), and Shao Dan (an expert on Manchus and borderlands in northeast China). In 1998, I started studying the Chinese language and shortly thereafter began travelling regularly to northeast China and developed an interest in the Korean border region and Chinese borderlands.

My academic interests have largely been shaped by my students and simple chance encounters. I was lucky enough to get into the PRC Foreign Ministry soon after that facility opened in 2006 and produced a number of articles based on those materials, working together with Charles Kraus and Patricia Nash, both of whom were my students at Hiram College. I have also worked on the topic of war crimes trials from Tokyo to Shenyang, and I continue to work on legacies of Japanese empire in northeast Asia thanks to encouragement from and interaction with Barak Kushner and colleagues in the UK. My interest in the Korean border region with China has grown continuously, with the needs of various audiences dictating a rhythm of production of scholarship, journalism, think-tank reports, and speaking engagements. When Kim Jong-un took power in December 2011, along with Koreanist colleagues, I created an online scholarly portal which has been a useful entry point and vehicle for analysis of the Chinese-North Korean relationship.


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