• James B. Duke Professor of Asian Studies and Political Science
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  • kate.kaup@furman.edu
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Katherine Palmer Kaup's research focuses on ethnic minorities and rule of law developments in China. 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." In 2012-13, she served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Yunnan Nationalities University where she researched rule of law developments in China's border regions. She also served as a visiting scholar at the Guangxi Ethnic Affairs Commission.

In 2005, Kaup served as special adviser 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 Furman's federally-funded Startalk Chinese Camp.

Syllabi

Name Title Description

AST-470

Seminar in Asian Studies

PSC-102

Introduction to World Politics

Examination of similarities and differences between the institutions, processes and policies of selected nations, in the context of globalization and the evolution of international politics.

PSC-226

Politics of China

Examination of the political, social and economic factors affecting the Chinese Communist Party and its relationship to the Chinese citizenry. Analysis of the domestic and international challenges confronting the Chinese state.

PSC-229

Politics of Asia

Examination of one of the world's most dynamic regions. Common issues facing disparate regimes will be explored through case studies from Communist regimes, military and transitional systems, and restricted democracies. The region's changing international role and influence will be discussed.

PSC-401

Capstone Seminar in Poli Sci

Reading, research and writing course for majors that covers a specific topic in political science.

  • Understanding Contemporary Asia Pacific (editor and contributor) (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007). Also published in Korean;
  • Creating the Zhuang: Ethnic Politics in China (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000); 建构壮族:中国的少数民族政策和他的影响 [translation by the Yunnan Zhuang Studies Association of Creating the Zhuang: Ethnic Politics in China, forthcoming];
  • "Tensions and Violence in China's Minority Regions," in China Beyond the Headlines, Volume 3 Lionel Jenson and Timothy Westin (eds.) (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2012);
  • "Field Research," in Doing Political Science Research, Liz Smith and Akan Malici (eds) (Routledge, 2012);
  • Human Rights in Xinjiang: Recent Developments (Washington: Congressional-Executive Commission on China), expert witness for Congressional Staff Roundtable on February 13, 2009;
  • "Chapter 1: Introduction" and "Chapter 4: Politics in the Asia Pacific" and "Chapter 10: Ethnicity," in Understanding the Contemporary Asia Pacific (editor and contributor) (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007);
  • "Special Focus 2005: China's Minorities and Government Implementation of Regional Ethnic Autonomy Law," and "North Korean Refugees in China," (lead author) Congressional-Executive Commission on China 2005 Annual Report;
  • "Regionalism versus Ethnicnationalism in the People's Republic of China" China Quarterly (December 2002;
  • Winner 2002 Gordon White Award); "China: Ethnic Conflict in the World's Largest Multinational State," in Joseph Rudolph (ed) Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflict (Westport: Greenwood Press, 2003).
  • Visiting Scholar, Yunnan Nationalities University 2012-13
  • James B. Duke Chair of Asian Studies and Political Science, lifetime appointment awarded 2010
  • Public Intellectuals Fellow: National Committee on United States-China Relations, 2008-2011
  • Senior Adviser for Minority Nationality Affairs, Congressional-Executive Commission on China, 2005
  • Gordon White Award: China Quarterly, 2002
Education
Ph.D.
University of Virginia
M.A.
University of Virginia
A.B.
Princeton University

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