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Jonathan Kinkel

, BA, University of Michigan (2002); JD, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005)

PhD Candidate
Jonathan Kinkel


I am a PhD Candidate in the Government Department, where my primary areas of interest are Chinese legal politics, comparative politics, and socio-legal studies.  My dissertation examines variations in judicial impartiality across several major urban localities in China, and my previous publications assess recent developments in Chinese criminal, administrative, and labor law. Prior to studying at UT, I obtained a J.D. from Wisconsin Law School and practiced for three years as an Assistant Attorney General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice. 


comparative law and politics, contemporary Chinese politics, comparative constitutionalism, socio-legal studies


(with William Hurst and Alexandra Sowash) "Implementing China's Labor Law Reforms: Interests and Obligations at the Firm-Level."  In John Garrick, ed. Law and Policy for China's Market Socialism. Routledge, 2012.

(with William Hurst) “Review Essay—Access to Justice in Post-Mao China: Assessing the Politics of Criminal and Administrative Law.” Journal of East Asian Studies, Volume 11: No. 3, pp. 467-499 (September-December 2011).

Book Review of Steven K. Vogel, Japan Remodeled: How Government and Industry are Reforming Japanese Capitalism, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006. Journal of East Asian Studies Volume 11: No. 1 pp. 165-168 (January-April 2011).

Book Review of Donald Clarke (ed.), China’s Legal System: New Developments, New Challenges, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Journal of East Asian Studies, Volume 10: No. 1, pp. 157-160 (January-March 2010).

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