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Dr. Katherine Kaup

James B. Duke Professor of Asian Studies and Politics & International Affairs, Furman University; Member of the Board of Directors, National Committee on United States - China Relations

About me

Katherine Palmer Kaup is James B. Duke Professor of Asian Studies and Political Science at Furman University in Greenville, SC. She holds an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.A./Ph.D  in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. Dr Kaup's research focuses on ethnic minorities and rule of law developments in China. In her most recent publication “Controlling Law: Legal Developments in China’s Southwest Minority Regions,” in The China Quarterly, she examines how conflicts between customary minority law and state law are resolved. She is the author of Creating the Zhuang: Ethnic Politics in China, and has written several articles and chapters on the topic of ethnic minorities. She is also editor and contributor for the textbook Understanding Contemporary Asia. She is a National Committee on United States China Relations Public Intellectual fellow and serves on the Board of Directors. Dr Kaup has served as special adviser for Minority Nationalities Affairs at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, chair of Furman’s Asian Studies Department, director of the Riley Institute’s China Programs, distinguished visiting fellow at Yunnan Nationalities University, and PI/program director for several federally-funded Chinese language programs and for the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment.


Dr. Katherine Kaup

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