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, Madison 1989

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

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

Selected Grants

2019 Jiangsu College Student Summer Camp at Duke awarded by (Co-Principal Investigator). 2019

2017 Jiangsu College Student Summer Camp at Duke awarded by (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, Liu, and Zhou Xian. Contemporary Chinese Media Culture. Peking University Press, 2010.

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

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

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

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

Kang, Liu, and Li Xiguang. 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, edited by Lu Yang, Fudan University Press, 2008.

Liu, K. “"Postcolonialism and Cultural Studies".” Introduction to Cultural Studies, edited by Lu Yang, Fudan University Press, 2008.

Liu, K. “Crisis in Western Intellectual Left”. Edited by Shanghai Social Sciences Association, vol. 2007, Academic Monthly Publishers, 2007.

Kang, Liu. “Cultural and Media Globalization.” Book, Nanjing University Press, 2006, pp. 281–281.

Kang, Liu. ““Emergent Globalism and Ideological Change in Post-revolutionary China”.” Rethinking Globalism, edited by Manfred B. Steger, Lanham MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003.

Kang, Liu. “"Internet in China—Emergent Cultural Formations and Contradictions".” Globalization and the Humanities, edited by David Li, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2002.

Kang, Liu. “A (Meta)commentary on Western Literary Theories in China: The Case of Jameson and Chinese Jamesonism.” Modern Language Quarterly, vol. 79, no. 3, Duke University Press, Sept. 2018, pp. 323–40. Crossref, doi:10.1215/00267929-6910785. Full Text Open Access Copy

Kang, Liu. “"Dinner Party of Discourse Owners".” The Minnesota Review, Duke University Press, 2012, pp. 113–36. Open Access Copy

Kang, Liu. “"Introduction", Special Issue (editor), “China and the World: Literary Construction,”.” Comparative Literature Studies, vol. 49, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012, pp. 497–504.

Liu Kang, Adam. “Poeticizing Revolution: Zizek's Misreading of Mao and China.” Positions: East Asian Cultural Critique, Oct. 2011. Open Access Copy

Liu, Kang. “Reinventing the “Red Classics” in the age of globalization.” Neohelicon, vol. 37, no. 2, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, Dec. 2010, pp. 329–47. Crossref, doi:10.1007/s11059-009-0031-3. Full Text

Liu, K. “China's Soft Power and Media Culture.” Literature and Arts Studies, July 2010. Open Access Copy

Liu, K. “Western Image and Discourse on Tibet.” China Tibetology, no. 1, Jan. 2010, pp. 1–23.

Liu, K. ““China’s New Cultural Identity”.” Studies in Literature and Arts (Wenyi Yanjiu), vol. 7, 2010, pp. 1–18.