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My research focuses on the cultural and religious history of early China. I work largely with paleographical materials, such as inscribed bronze vessels and bamboo manuscripts, and take a special interest in “alternate histories” and other texts that didn’t make it into the classical canon.
To date, my work has concentrated on the Western Zhou era (ca. 11th-8th c. BCE), a time of sage kings and culture heroes. My current monograph project, entitled Bound by Bronze: Ritual and Kingship in Western Zhou China, explores the royal ritual of that period based on contemporary bronze inscriptions. Recently, I have begun a second line of research on the ideological, literary, and aesthetic concerns behind later tales of Western Zhou history in sources ranging from ancient manuscripts to modern science fiction.
I offer a broad range of courses on early China and pre-modern East Asia in general, including studies in the classical Chinese language.
I joined the EALC faculty in 2016 after four years at the Institute for Sinology, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany.
Early Chinese history
Archaeology of religion
Kingship in comparative perspective
Inscriptions and manuscripts
Historiography as literature
Ancient history in popular media
- M.A./M.Phil./Ph.D., Columbia University
- East Asian Languages and Cultures (History-East Asia)
- B.A., Dartmouth College
Recent and Upcoming Courses:
Facing and Fleeing Death in Early China (E351/E505)
China: The Age of Glory (E350/HIST-G382)
Traditional East Asian Civilizations (E251)
War and Violence in East Asia (E111)
Introduction to East Asian Studies (E310)
China's Past in Speculative Fiction (E202)
“Western Zhou Government and Society.” In The Oxford Handbook of Early China, ed. Elizabeth Childs-Johnson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.
“Consumption, Knowledge, and the Limits of the Body in the Xiaochen Texts.” In Qinghua jian yanjiu, vol. 3 (Dec. 2019), 237-260.
“The One Text in the Many: Separate and Composite Readings of an Early Chinese Historical Manuscript” (co-authored with Rens Krijgsman). Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 82.3 (2019), 473-492.