Postdoctoral Fellows

Katherine  Brunson

Katherine Brunson

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

Katherine Brunson received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles in June of 2015. In her dissertation, "Craft Specialization and Animal Products at the Longshan Period Sites of Taosi and Zhoujiazhuang, Shanxi Province, China," she compares the zooarchaeological records at two important Chinese archaeological sites and examines how domestic sheep and cattle were introduced to China ca. 2000 BCE. She will be spending the 2015-2016 academic year at Harvard University as an An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Her research will focus on methods for differentiating between Chinese domestic cattle and wild aurochs using skeletal morphology, bone stable isotopes, and ancient DNA. Additional ongoing projects include database design and data collection for the Oracle Bone Project on Open Context (with Zhipeng Li at the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (IA CASS) and Rowan Flad in the Harvard University Department of Anthropology) and fieldwork for the multi-year Instituto Hondureño Antropología e Historia (IHAH) and IA CASS project at the Maya site of Copan, Honduras.

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 Predoctoral Affiliate
Ph.D. (to be awarded in early 2016) 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.