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Areas of Interest: 

  • Chinese history and culture
  • Comparative/global history


Research and Teaching:

Although I am now retired and no longer teaching undergraduates or accepting Ph.D. candidates, I would be happy to work informally with graduate students, post-docs and junior faculty in the History Department and/or the Department of Transnational Asian Studies. My research interests continue to be primarily in Chinese intellectual, social history and cultural history, as well as in the literary and other cultural interactions that took place between China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam in premodern times. My most recent single-authored and co-authored books are:

–– The I Ching: A Biography (Princeton University Press, 2012)

–– Mapping China and Managing the World: Cosmology, Cartography and Culture in Late Imperial Times (Routledge, 2013)

–– The Qing Dynasty and Traditional Chinese Culture (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015)

–– A revised (2018) edition of Fathoming the Cosmos and Ordering the World: The Yijing (I-Ching, or Classic of Changes) and Its Evolution in China, first published by the University of Virginia Press in 2008.
–– A co-edited volume (with Nanxiu Qian and Bowei Zhang) titled Rethinking the Sinosphere: Poetics, Aesthetics, and Identity Formation (Amherst, New York: Cambria Press, 2020)

–– A co-edited volume (with Nanxiu Qian and Bowei Zhang) titled Reexamining the Sinosphere: Cultural Transmissions and Transformations in East Asia (Amherst, New York: Cambria Press, 2020).

 I am currently working on a book-length study tentatively titled Magic Matters: Science and Medicine in Chinese Popular Culture, 1600-1800.