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

Jonathan Kinkel

, University of Michigan, B.A., 2002; University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D., 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 politics, contemporary Chinese politics, judicial politics, comparative constitutionalism, socio-legal studies


"High-End Demand: How Markets for Legal Services in Urban China Create Pressure for Judicial Autonomy." Law & Social Inquiry (fortcoming in 2015; winner of the 2014 Law & Social Inquiry Graduate Student Paper Competition)

(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).


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