Fall 2014 (tentative)
Winter 2015 (tentative)
Spring 2015 (tentative)
Personal Research Website
This site contains my biography, current cv, summaries of published and current research, course syllabi, upcoming public talks, and sample lectures with audio and video.
Computer- Assisted Reconstruction of the Wuzhaishan Site
This is a virtual reality tour of a Chinese family cemetery dated to about 150 CE.
Current Graduate Students
Social, Economic, Legal, and Material Culture History of Ancient China
Ph.D., Princeton University, 2001
Office: HSSB 4225 Hours:
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Fax: (805) 893-8795
I have wide-ranging interests in many aspects of Early China, including technology, organization of production, labor history, gender and social relations, legal process, material culture, and state formation. I teach undergraduate courses in East Asian civilization, world civilization, and early Chinese history, and graduate courses in specialized topics related to ancient China. For some of my research results, see the link under "Announcements" at the left.
Research and Teaching Interests
- Ancient China
I specialize in the social, legal, economic, and material-culture history of early imperial China.
- Chinese Archaeology and Epigraphy
- “Law, State, and Society in Early Imperial China: Translation and Study of the Zhangjiashan Legal Texts.”
This is a multi-year, collaborative project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation. My collaborator, Robin D.S. Yates and myself will translate and study a group of legal texts excavated from a tomb.
- "Views of the Qin"
This is a book-length project which will examine the Qin Dynasty of China from a variety of perspectives, including the views from archaeology, literature, and modern popular culture.
- "Using Video Game Engines for Archaeological Site Reconstruction"
This is an ongoing project which experiments with using the latest in video game technology to provide more realistic reconstructions of archaeological sites.
Undergraduate and Graduate Courses
- History 80: East Asian Civilization
Honors and Professional Activities
- Mellon New Directions Fellowship, 2013-2015
- Getty Villa Residential Scholar, Getty Research Institute, 2011
- Winner of the 2009 Joseph Levenson Book Prize of the Association for Asian Studies
- Winner of the 2009 ICAS Book Prize, International Convention of Asia Scholars
- Winner of the 2009 Charles Rufus Morey Book Prize of the College Art Association
- Winner of the 2008 James Henry Breasted Book Prize of the American Historical Association
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Collaborative Research Grant, 2007-9
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for University Teachers, 2004-5
- Honorable Mention for the 2005 George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award
- Getty Foundation, Collaborative Research Grant, 2002-4