James B. Duke Professor of
Asian Studies &
|office: Johns Hall 111F
hours: by appointment
phone: (864) 294-3150
fax: (864) 294-3513
Dr. Katherine Palmer Kaup is James B. Duke Professor of Asian Studies and Political Science. She is the author of Creating the Zhuang: Ethnic Politics in China,
several articles and chapters on ethnic minorities, and editor and contributor to the textbook Understanding Contemporary Asia
. She won the China Quarterly
Gordon White Award in 2002 for her article “Regionalism Versus Ethnicnationalism in the People’s Republic of China.” She is currently serving as Visiting Scholar at Yunnan Nationalities University where she is researching rule of law developments in China’s border regions. She holds an A.B. from Princeton University (’89) and an M.A. and Ph.D. (’97) from the University of Virginia. She has served as a visiting scholar at both the Yunnan Nationalities Institute and the Guangxi Ethnic Affairs Commission.
In 2005, she served as special advisor for Minority Nationalities Affairs at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and was a 2008-2011 National Committee on United States - China Relations Public Intellectuals Fellow. She regularly leads groups to China, including Congressional staff delegations, museum and alumni tours, and student groups, and has served as an expert witness for a Congressional Staff Roundtable on Human Rights in Xinjiang. She has served as program director and principal investigator for the U.S. State Department-funded Furman-Suzhou Intensive Summer Institute and for the federally funded Startalk Furman Chinese Camp.