Adam Cathcart is a historian based at the University of Leeds. His programme of research embraces the Sino-Korean borderlands along the Yalu and Tumen Rivers, the international history of the Korean War, the construction of the North Korean state in the late 1940s, political art and music in China and North Korea, and Chinese Koreans in Yanbian.

He serves as the founder and editor-in-chief of, a scholarly website dedicated to the historical and contemporary documentation and analysis of the relationship between North Korea (the DPRK) and China (the PRC). His Twitter feed (@adamcathcart) has been endorsed by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the top 100 global feeds for international news due to its focus on North Korea and its foreign relations, and he is regularly interviewed for and quoted in international media outlets such as The Economist. 




(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). “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.

(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.

(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.

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

(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.

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


(2010). Review of Jae Ho Chang, Between Ally and Partner: China-South Korea Relations, in Korean Studies Vol. 34 (December), 151-154.

(2009). “Tonghak Rebellion,” Encyclopedia of World History (Oxford University Press).

(2009). “Sui Dynasty,” Encyclopedia of World Empires (Facts on File).

(2009).  Review of Hyun Ok Park, Two Dreams in One Bed: Empire, Social Life, and the Origins of the North Korean Revolution in Manchuria in Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 55, No. 1 (February): 313-314.

(2008).  Review of Adrian Buzo, The Making of Modern Korea in Acta Koreana Vol. 11, No. 3 (December): 265-269.

(2008). “Nationalism and Resistance in the Sino-North Korean Border Region during the War to Resist America and Aid Korea,” presented at Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Atlanta, April 5.

(2008).  Review of David I. Steinberg, ed., Korean Attitudes toward the United States: Changing Dynamics, in Acta Koreana Vol. 11, No. 1 (January): 150-154.

(2007). Review of Allan R. Millett, The War for Korea, 1945-1950, in Korean Studies Vol. 31 (December): 91-95.

(2007). Review of Ha Jin, War Trash, in International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter No. 42 (Spring): 43.


(2008). Forest-Severetson Student-Faculty Research Award, Pacific Lutheran University, Work in Berlin archives on North Korean-East German Relations in the Cold War.

(2007-2008). Student-Faculty Research Award, Freeman Foundation Award via ASIANetwork // $17,684 for summer research in Beijing and Northeast China


(2012). “Boom or Bust on the Sino-NK Frontier?” DailyNK [online], August 31.

(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.

(2012). “The Slick Propaganda Stylings of Kim Jong Un,” with Isaac Stone Fish, Foreign Policy [online]July 13.

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

(2012). “Mutual Dependency and Double Collapse: Sino-North Korean Relations, 1945-50,” presentation at Center for Korean Studies, Leiden University (Netherlands), April 27.

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

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

(2012). “China’s ‘Measure of Reserve’ Toward Succession: Sino-North Korean Relations, 1983-1985,” China-North Korea Dossier No. 2, with Charles Kraus,, February.

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

(2012). “China and the North Korean Succession,” China-North Korea Dossier No. 1,, January 16.

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

(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 [online].

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

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

(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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