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Ben Judkins, Ph.D.

Formerly Assistant Professor at University of Utah, now a local resident
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Project Title: Kung Fu Diplomacy: Soft Power, Martial Arts and the Development of China’s Global Brand

Short Bio: Benjamin N. Judkins is co-editor of the journal Martial Arts Studies. With Jon Nielson he is co-author of The Creation of Wing Chun: A Social History of the Southern Chinese Martial Arts (SUNY, 2015). He is also author of the long-running martial arts studies blog, Kung Fu Tea: Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies (  He holds a doctorate in political science from Columbia University and he has taught International Relations at the University of Utah.  His research interests include globalization and social conflict, international political economy, religion and politics and martial arts studies.

Expected Visitation Dates: 9/1/2018 to 8/31/2019