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June 5, 2019


LAWRENCE — When University of Kansas professor John James Kennedy began working in rural China, he would get introduced to villagers with multiple children – despite the country’s strict one-child policy.

“Some of these villagers would have three kids. They’d introduce...

November 18, 2018

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with John James Kennedy, associate professor of political science at the University of Kansas, whose work in China led him to the conclusion that millions of girls believed to have been aborted or to have died early were in fact born to parent...

November 18, 2018

"It sounds like the plot of a mystery novel.

A controversial one-child policy that resulted in as many as 60 million "missing girls" in China, the most populous country on Earth.

But in a new study, researchers suggest that around 25 million of these girls aren't actual...

November 18, 2018

The ability of local governments to raise revenues has been dramatically altered over the last several decades in rural China, and this has had a significant influence on local governance. The fiscal reforms in 1994 and after 2002 significantly strengthened central gov...

November 18, 2018

This book will be released in spring of 2019. Available for pre-order from Oxford University Press here.


In 1979, the Chinese government famously introduced The Single Child Policy to control population growth. Nearly 40 years later, the result is an estimat...

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