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Professor of Asian Studies

Kay Johnson

Hampshire College Professor Kay Johnson
Kay Johnson
Professor of Asian Studies
Critical Social Inquiry
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Kay Johnson
Franklin Patterson Hall 211
Professor Johnson will be on sabbatical leave for spring 2016.
Kay Johnson, professor of Asian studies and politics and director of the Hampshire College China Exchange Program, has her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

Teaching interests include Chinese society and politics; women, development and population policy; comparative family studies; and international relations, including American foreign policy, Chinese foreign policy, and the impact of popular culture on US policy toward "others." Recent research and published writings have focused on the impact of Chinese population control policies on children's welfare, including infant abandonment, domestic and international adoption, and the creation of a population of "hidden children."

Her current research and advocacy work is focused on the problems of children and families affected by the AIDS epidemic in central rural China. She is author of Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son: Abandonment, Adoption and Orphanage Care in China (2004), Women, the Family and Peasant Revolution in China (1983) and co-author of Chinese Village, Socialist State (1992), as well as numerous articles.

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