Professor of Early Chinese History
University of California, Santa Barbara
Since graduating from RSEA in 1997, where I wrote a thesis under Michael Puett on “Wheeled Vehicles in the Chinese Bronze Age,” [Joseph Fletcher Prize], I was admitted to the Chinese Art and Archaeology PhD Program at Princeton University, where I received my degree in 2001. The solid language training in Modern Chinese, Classical Chinese, and Japanese I received in the RSEA program made it possible to finish my PhD in only four years (a record in that department). I was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where I taught from 2001-2007, then took my current appointment as Professor of Early Chinese History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
I have published two books on Qin and Han history, including Artisans in Early Imperial China (winner of 4 book prizes, including the Levenson Prize of AAS) and Law, State, and Society in Early Imperial China. I also took part in a major exhibition of Chinese art in 2005 (Recarving China’s Past). I greatly enjoyed my time in the RSEA program, and took full advantage of a campus-wide range of courses.
Here is a picture of me from back then.