Kang Liu

Kang Liu

Professor of Asian and African Languages and Literature

External address: 
2204 Erwin Rd Room 210, Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708-0414
(919) 684-3615

Kang Liu is Professor of Chinese Studies at Duke University since 2003, and Director of Duke Program of Research on China. He is an affiliated faculty of the Duke Political Science Department. Professor Liu is Elected Member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe) since 2015.  He is the author of 12 books, including Aesthetics and Marxism (Duke University Press, 2000), Globalization and Cultural Trend in China (University of Hawaii Press, 2003), Culture/Media/Globalization (Nanjing University Press, 2006), Images of China as A Major Power (Shanghai Renmin Press, 2014). Professor Liu has written widely in scholarly journals (in English) such as New Literary History,  European Review, Positions: Asian Culture Critique, Comparative Literature Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, Minnesota Review, and scholarly journals in China. In addition, He frequently contributes in the forms of op-eds, interviews, reviews, to American and Chinese print media and the internet media, on issues ranging from contemporary Chinese media and culture, globalization, to Marxism and aesthetics.

His current research projects have three focuses:

  1. global public opinion surveys of China’s image, Chinese soft power and public diplomacy
  2. Chinese media and popular culture
  3. political and ideological changes in China


My research interests: Marxism and aesthetics, globalization, ideologies, cultural politics and media in China

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1989

  • M.A., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1984

  • B.A., Nanjing University (China) 1982

Selected Grants

2017 Jiangsu College Student Summer Camp at Duke awarded by Jiangsu Education Services for International Exchange (Co-Principal Investigator). 2017

Televising China - Television and Contemporary Chinese Society awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2005

Liu, K. Aesthetics and Marxism (Chinese translation). Peking University Press, 2012.

Liu, K. , Bakhtin’s Dialogism and Cultural Theory. Peking University Press, 2012.

Kang, L, and Xian, Z. Contemporary Chinese Media Culture. Peking University Press, 2010.

Liu, K. China’s Global Image and Political Communication. Shanghai Jiaotong University Press, 2010.

Liu, K. Globalization and Cultural Trends in China. University of Hawaii Press, 2004.

Kang, L. Globalization and Cultural Trends in China. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2003.

Kang, L. Globalization and Nationalism. Tianjin: Tianjin People’s Press, 2002.

Kang, L, and Xiguang, L. Media Bombing: Reflections on Media and Kosovo. Nanjing: Jiangsu People’s Press, 1999.

Liu, K. ""Cultural Studies: Methods,Theories, and Chinese Issues"." Introduction to Cultural Studies. Ed. L Yang. Fudan University Press, 2008.

Liu, K. ""Postcolonialism and Cultural Studies"." Introduction to Cultural Studies. Ed. L Yang. Fudan University Press, 2008.

Liu, K. "“Crisis in Western Intellectual Left”." Ed. SSS Association. Academic Monthly Publishers, December 2007.

Kang, L. "Cultural and Media Globalization." book. Nanjing University Press, 2006. 281-281.

Kang, L. "“Emergent Globalism and Ideological Change in Post-revolutionary China”." Rethinking Globalism. Ed. MB Steger. Lanham MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003.

Kang, L. ""Internet in China—Emergent Cultural Formations and Contradictions"." Globalization and the Humanities. Ed. D Li. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2002.

Kang, L. ""Dinner Party of Discourse Owners"." The Minnesota Review (2012): 113-136. (Academic Article)

Kang, L. ""Introduction", Special Issue (editor), “China and the World: Literary Construction,”." Comparative Literature Studies 49 (2012): 497-504. (Academic Article)

Liu Kang, . "Poeticizing Revolution: Zizek's Misreading of Mao and China (Accepted)." Positions: East Asian Cultural Critique (October 2011). (Academic Article)

Liu, K. "Searching for a New Cultural Identity: China's Softpower and Media Culture Today (Accepted)." Journal of Contmporary China (July 2011). (Academic Article)

Liu, K. "Reinventing the “Red Classics” in the age of globalization." Neohelicon 37.2 (December 2010): 329-347. Full Text

Liu, K. "China's Soft Power and Media Culture." Literature and Arts Studies (July 2010). (Academic Article)

Liu, K. "Western Image and Discourse on Tibet." China Tibetology 1 (January 2010): 1-23. (Academic Article)

Liu, K. "“China’s New Cultural Identity”." Studies in Literature and Arts (wenyi yanjiu) 7 (2010): 1-18. (Academic Article)

Liu, K. "The Moderators of International Communication and Western "China Hands"." Modern Communication (2010). (Academic Article)