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Anthony Barbieri-Low

Current Courses

Fall 2015 (current)

  • History 184B
    History of China (589 CE to 1600 CE) [cross listed]

Winter 2016 (tentative)

  • History 184R
    Undergraduate Research Seminar in Early Chinese History
  • History 2A
    World History (Prehistory to 1000 CE)

Department Fields


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
Fall 2015 Hours: Mondays 12-2:00
Phone: No phone   Fax: (805) 893-8795

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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
  • Egyptology

Current Projects

  • "Perspectives on the First Emperor of China"
    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.
  • "Scribes and Scribal Culture in Ancient China and Ancient Egypt"
    This is a new project examining the role of scribes within early empires in Egypt and China
  • "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. I also use photogrammetry to create models of objects from museums. (See below)
  • Selected Publications

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