Postdoctoral Fellows

Katherine  Brunson

Katherine Brunson

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. 2015, University of California, Los Angeles, Anthropology

Katherine Brunson's research project, "Genetic, Isotopic, and Morphological Analysis of Ancient Chinese Bovines" examines ancient Chinese bovine genetics, diets, and skeletal morphology.  It seeks to identify wild and domestic bovines archaeologically, to understand how these animals were managed by humans, and to explain the role of different bovine taxa in religious rituals associated with emerging state power. 

Ling-Yu Hung

Ling-Yu Hung

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. 2011, Art History and Archaeology, Washington University in St. Louis
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University Bloomington

Ling-Yu Hong's research project, "China's Ancient Painted Pottery: Revisiting Old Collections and Debates with New Approaches," is a collections-based analysis on the Yangshao-Majiayao (Northwest China) and Anau (Turkmenistan) collections at the Harvard Peabody Museum. It addresses long-standing debates on possible inter-regional interactions versus independent developments of the associated cultural groups from 5000 to 2000 B.C. 

Björn Jerdén

Björn Jerdén

Princeton-Harvard China and the World Fellow
Ph.D. 2015, Stockholm University, Political Science

Björn Jerdén's research project, "Expertise and International Authority: China's Uphill Battle in East Asia," explores the role of expert knowledge as a base for international authority in power struggles between rising and established powers.  It examines China's rise and power relations in and beyond the Asia-Pacific and develops theory on how security-related expertise is created and disseminated. 

Donald  Sturgeon

Donald Sturgeon

Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Digital Humanities and Social Sciences
Ph.D. 2014, University of Hong Kong, Philosophy

Donald Sturgeon's research project, "Big Data and Early China: Corpus-Assisted Interpretation of Classical Chinese," will develop and evaluate fully automated methods for analyzing the contents of pre-modern Chinese documents and their relation to a large existing corpus of pre-modern Chinese writing.