Kris Erskine is a Western North Carolina native and has always considered the southeastern United States to be home. But he as “been blessed,” Erskine says, “with the opportunity to both study and travel all over the world.”
In 1996 Erskine graduated from Newbold College in England with a BA in history and religion, and most recently spent six years in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong where he studied for a Ph.D in diplomatic history at the University of Hong Kong. His doctoral research focuses on the impact of American missionaries in China on Sino-US relations during the 1930’s and 1940’s. In 2011 Erskine was awarded two fellowships which enabled him to further his doctoral research: The Marshall/Baruch Fellowship from the George C. Marshall Foundation, and the Taiwan Fellowship through Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Center for Chinese Studies.
Erskine is a member of the Historical Society for Twentieth-Century China, the American Historical Association, and other historical organizations. His primary research interests lay in Twentieth-Century Asian topics: American espionage in China during the Second World War, Christian missions in China, cross-straights relations, the Korean Peninsula, Hong Kong, and Taiwan-American relations. Erskine also looks forward to research in modern American history, particularly Southern and Appalachian history, the Civil War, both World Wars, the CIA, and the Cold War.
Erskine is working on a couple of projects. The first is a piece of travel literature tentatively titled Even the Dragonflies Dance, about his travels in Asia. He is also working on a book project on the role of non-state actors in the formation of international relations, specifically in the context of Sino-US relations.
Dr. Erskine recently left a position at Southern Adventist University, where he was professor and chair, to do more research and finish up a couple of his projects.
Erskine enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, watching Syracuse basketball, flying airplanes, and getting outdoors.