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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Jonathan Kinkel

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

PhD Candidate
Jonathan Kinkel


My dissertation examines variations in judicial autonomy across three major urban localities in China: Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Chengdu.  My previous publications assess other 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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