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Kay Johnson

Professor of Asian Studies

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.

Recently taught courses:
China Workshop (Fall 2010)
China Rising: Reorienting the 21st Century (Fall 2010)
Imagining the Third World (Fall 2010)

Professor Johnson will be on sabbatical leave for spring 2016.

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+ China Rising: Reorienting the 21st Century
+ Elementary Chinese I
+ Intermediate Chinese I
+ China/Asia Project Workshop
+ Non-intensive Beginning Chinese
+ Elementary Chinese II
+ Third Year Chinese II
+ Intensive Integrated Chinese
+ Conversational Chinese
+ Third Year Chinese I