Curriculum Vitae


Stanford University, M.A. Chinese 1979, Ph.D. Chinese 1983

Inter-University Program for Chinese Studies, Taipei, Taiwan, 1974-75

Private study with Aisin Gioro Yü-yün, Taipei, Taiwan, 1975-77

University of Stockholm, fil. kand. Chinese, 1972

University of Rochester, A.B. History, 1968

Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Diplôme d’études de civilisation française (avec la mention), 1967


Astrology and Cosmology in Early China: Conforming Earth to Heaven (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013). (errata)

East Asian Archaeoastronomy: Historical Records of Comet and Meteor Shower Observations of China, Japan, and Korea. With XU Zhentao & JIANG Yaotiao (Youngstown, NY: Cambria Press, 2009).

中國上古史實揭密: 天文考古學研究 (Revealing the Secrets of Ancient Chinese History: Research in Archaeoastronomy), (Shanghai: Shanghai guji, 2008). 

East Asian Archaeoastronomy: Historical Records of Astronomical Observations of China, Japan and Korea. XU Zhentao, David W. Pankenier, JIANG Yaotiao (Amsterdam: Gordon & Breach, 2000).

Book Chapters

“Huainanzi’s “Tianwen” and Shiji: “Tianguan shu” What’s the difference?” in The Huainanzi: Textual Production in Early China (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 199-224.

“Getting Straight with Heaven and the Origins of Writing in China,” Chapter 2, in Writing and Literacy in Early China (Seattle: University of Washington, 2011), 13-48.

再谈北极简史与「帝」字的起源 (Once Again—A Brief History of Beiji 北极 [Northern Culmen] and the Origin of the Graph di [Supreme Lord]) in《当代西方汉学研究集萃》(Western Research on China), Patricia Ebrey 伊沛霞 & Yao Ping 姚平 eds.《上古史卷》(Ancient History), Chen Zhi 陳致 ed. (Shanghai: Shanghai guji, 2012), 199-238.

Temporality and the Fabric of Space-Time in Early Chinese Thought,” in Time and Temporality in the Ancient World. Ralph M. Rosen ed. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum, 2003): 129-46.

天命的宇宙政治背景 in 《武王克商之年研究》(Beijing: Beijing shifan daxue, 1997), 416-30.

“Astronomy and Astrology in Ancient China,” in V. H. Mair, P. R. Goldin, and N. S. Steinhardt, eds. Hawaii Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture (Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 2005): 18-27.

天命和五行交替理论中的占星学起源 in Sarah Allan, Wang Tao & Fan Yuzhou ed., 中国古代思维模式与阴阳五行说探源, (Nanjing: Jiangsu guji, 1998), 161-95.

“Wang Su’s Illustrations of the Begging Professions,” in Outstretched Leaves on his Bamboo Staff: Studies in Honour of Göran Malmqvist, (Stockholm, 1994), 230-46.

Selected Articles

乘龍御天的時代 (Riding on Dragons to Rule Heaven), 甲骨文與殷商史( 六輯), Chen Kwang-yu 陳光宇 & Song Zhenhao 宋鎮豪 (eds.) (Shanghai: Shanghai guji, 2016), 167-82.

“Weaving Metaphors and Cosmo-political Thought in Early China,” T’oung Pao 101-1-3 (2015), 1-34.

Did Babylonian Astrology Influence on Chinese Astral Prognostication xingzhan shu 星占術,” Early China 37 (2014), 1-13.

“On the Reliability of Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE) Solar Eclipse Records,” Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage 15.3 (2012): 200-212.

Astrology for an Empire: Sima Qian's 'Treatise on the Celestial Offices’ (ca. 100 BCE),” Culture and Cosmos, 163-74. 

The Cosmic Center in Early China and its Archaic Resonances,” Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy: Building Bridges between Cultures, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union (IAU Symposium 278), Clive L. N. Ruggles (ed.), (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011): 298-307.

The Planetary Portent of 1524 in Europe and China,” The Journal of World History 20.3 (September, 2009): 339-75.

“Locating True North in Ancient China,” Cosmology Across Cultures, Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, Vol. 409 (2009): 128-37.

“The Xiangfen, Taosi site: A Chinese Neolithic ‘Observatory’?” in Archaeologia Baltica: Astronomy and Cosmology in Folk Traditions and Cultural Heritage, Vol. 10 (Klaipeda: University of Klaipeda, 2008): 141-8.

北極的發現與應用, 自然科學史研究 27.3 (2008): 281-300.

“Caveat lector: Comments on Douglas J. Keenan, ‘Astro-historiographic Chronologies of Early China are Unfounded,” Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage 10.2 (2007): 137-41.

“Notes on translations of the East Asian records relating to the Supernova of AD 1054,” Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage 9.1 (2006): 77-82.

Characteristics of Field Allocation (fenye 分野) Astrology in Early China,” in Current Studies in Archaeoastronomy: Conversations across Time and Space, J.W. Fountain & R.M. Sinclair, ed. (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2005): 499-513.

A Brief History of Beiji (Northern Culmen): with an Excursus on the Origin of the Character di ,” Journal of the American Oriental Society 124.2 (April-June 2004): 1-26.

Book review of The Mandate of Heaven: Hidden History in the I Ching. S. J. Marshall (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002). Journal of Chinese Religions 31 (2003): 277-8.

Popular Astrology and Border Affairs in Early Imperial China: An Archaeological Confirmation,” Sino-Platonic Papers 104 (July, 2000): 1-19.

Applied Field Allocation Astrology in Zhou China: Duke Wen of Jin and the Battle of Chengpu (632 BCE),” Journal of the American Oriental Society 119.2 (1999): 261-79.

“The Mandate of Heaven” and “China’s Oldest Surviving Astronomical Observatory,” Archaeology 51.2 (March/April 1998): 26-34.

“Heaven-Sent: Understanding Cosmic Disaster in Chinese Myth and History,” in Natural Catastrophes During Bronze Age Civilisations: Archaeological, geological, astronomical, and cultural perspectives, B. Peiser et al., ed. (Oxford: Archaeopress, 1998): 187-197.

The Cosmo-Political Background of Heaven’s Mandate,” Early China 20 (1995): 121-76.

“Astrological Origins of Chinese Dynastic Ideology,” Vistas in Astronomy 39 (1995): 503-16.

“Reflections of the Lunar Aspect on Western Chou Chronology,” T’oung Pao LXXVIII (Leiden, 1992): 33-76.

“The Bamboo Annals Revisited: Problems of Method in Using the Chronicle as a Source for the Chronology of Early Zhou, Part 2: The Congruent Mandate Chronology in Yi Zhou shu,” Bulletin of the School of Oriental & African Studies, Vol. LV, Part 3 (London, 1992): 498-510.

“The Bamboo Annals Revisited: Problems of Method in Using the Chronicle as a Source for the Chronology of Early Zhou, Part 1,” Bulletin of the School of Oriental & African Studies, Vol. LV, Part 2 (London, 1992): 272-97.

“The ‘Scholar’s Frustration’ Reconsidered: Melancholia or Credo?” Journal of the American Oriental Society 110.3 (1990): 434-59.

三代的天文观察和五行交替理论的起源 殷墟博物苑苑刊 1.1 (Anyang, PRC, 1989): 183-88.

“The Metempsychosis in the Moon,” Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities 58 (Stockholm, 1986): 149-59.

“Mozi and the Dates of Xia, Shang, and Zhou: A Research Note,” Early China 9-10 (1983-85): 175-83.

“Astronomical Dates in Shang and Western Zhou,” Early China 7 (1981-82): 2-37.