Ritual and its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity. Co-authored with Robert Weller,
Adam Seligman, and Bennett Simon. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.)
To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China. (Cambridge: Harvard
University Asia Center, 2002.)
The Ambivalence of Creation: Debates Concerning Innovation and Artifice in Early China. (Stanford:
Stanford University Press, 2001.)
The Huainanzi and Textual Production in Early China. Co-edited with Sarah A. Queen. (Leiden: Brill,
Narrative, Authorship, and Historiography: Studies on Sima Qian's Shiji (Records of the Historian),
editor. (Forthcoming from the State University of New York Press.)
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“Text and Commentary: The Early Tradition.” The Oxford Handbook of Classical Chinese Literature,
edited by Wiebke Denecke, Wai-Yee Li, and Xiaofei Tian. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017),
“Early China in Eurasian History.” A Companion to Chinese History, edited by Michael Szonyi.
(Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell: 2017), pp. 89-105.
“Manifesting Sagely Knowledge: Commentarial Practice in Chinese Late Antiquity.” The Rhetoric of
Hiddenness in Traditional Chinese Culture. Edited by Paula M. Varsano. (Albany: State University
of New York Press, 2016), pp. 303-331.
“In Praise of Play.” Foreword to Why We Play: An Anthropological Study, by Roberte Hamayon
(Chicago: HAU Books, 2016), pp. xv-xix.
“Periodization and ‘The Medieval Globe’: A Conversation.” Kathleen Davis and Michael Puett. The
Medieval Globe 2.1 (2016): 1-14.
“Ritual and Ritual Obligations: Perspectives on Normativity from Classical China.” The Journal of Value
Inquiry 49.4 (2015): 543-550
“Constructions of Reality: Metaphysics in the Ritual Traditions of Classical China.” Chinese
Metaphysics and its Problems. Edited by Li Chenyang and Franklin Perkins. (Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 120-129.
“Ghosts, Gods, and the Coming Apocalypse: Empire and Religion in Early China and Ancient Rome.”
State Power in Ancient China and Rome. Edited by Walter Scheidel. (Oxford: Oxford University
Press, 2015), pp. 230-259.
“Ritual Disjunctions: Ghosts, Philosophy, and Anthropology.” The Ground Between: Anthropologists
Engage Philosophy. Edited by Veena Das, Michael Jackson, Arthur Kleinman, Bhrigupati Singh.
(Durham: Duke University Press, 2014), pp. 218-233.
“Sages, Creation, and the End of History in the Huainanzi.” The Huainanzi and Textual Production in
Early China. Edited by Sarah A. Queen and Michael Puett. (Leiden: Brill, 2014), pp. 269-290.
“Introduction,” by Sarah A. Queen and Michael Puett. The Huainanzi and Textual Production in Early
China. Edited by Sarah A. Queen and Michael Puett. (Leiden: Brill, 2014), pp. 1-19.
“Classical Chinese Historical Thought.” A Companion to Global Historical Thought. Edited by Prasenjit
Duara, Viren Murthy, and Andrew Sartori. (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), pp. 34-46.
“Critical Approaches to Religion in China.” Critical Research on Religion. 1 (2013): 95-101.
“Economies of Ghosts, Gods, and Goods: The History and Anthropology of Chinese Temple Networks.” 6
Radical Egalitarianism: Local Realities, Global Relations. Edited by Michael M. J. Fischer, Felicity
Aulino, Miriam Goheen and Stanley J. Tambiah. (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013), pp.
“Introduction to the English Edition.” The History of Chinese Civilization, Volume I: Earliest Times -
221 B.C.E. Edited by Yan Wenming. English text edited by David Knechtges. (Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 31-38.
“Social Order or Social Chaos.” The Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies. Edited by Robert A.
Orsi. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 109-129.
“Sages, the Past, and the Dead: Death in the Huainanzi.” Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought.
Edited by Amy Olberding and Philip J. Ivanhoe. (Albany: State University of New York Press,
2011), pp. 225-248.
“Theodicies of Discontinuity: Domesticating Energies and Dispositions in Early China.” Journal of
Chinese Philosophy, 37, Supplement 1 (December 2010): 51-66.
“Ritualization as Domestication: Ritual Theory from Classical China.” Ritual Dynamics and the Science
of Ritual, Volume I: Grammars and Morphologies of Ritual Practices in Asia. Edited by Axel
Michaels, Anand Mishra, Lucia Dolce, Gil Raz, and Katja Triplett. (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz
Verlag, 2010), pp. 365-376.
“The Haunted World of Humanity: Ritual Theory from Early China.” Rethinking the Human. Edited by
J. Michelle Molina and Donald K. Swearer, with Susan Lloyd McGarry. (Cambridge: Center for the
Study of World Religions, 2010), pp. 95-111.
“Becoming Laozi: Cultivating and Visualizing Spirits in Early Medieval China.” Asia Major, Third
series, 23.1 (2010): 223-252.
“Centering the Realm: Wang Mang, the Zhouli, and Early Chinese Statecraft.” Statecraft and Classical
Learning: The Rituals of Zhou in East Asian History. Edited by Benjamin A. Elman and Martin
Kern. (Leiden: Brill, 2010.) Pages 129-154.
“Sages, Gods, and History: Commentarial Strategies in Chinese Late Antiquity,” Antiquorum Philosophia
3 (2009): 71-87.
“Combining the Ghosts and Spirits, Centering the Realm: Mortuary Ritual and Political Organization in
the Ritual Compendia of Early China.” Early Chinese Religion: Shang Through Han (1250 BC-220
AD). Edited by John Lagerwey and Marc Kalinowski. (Leiden: Brill, 2009). Pages 695-720.
“The Belatedness of the Present: Debates over Antiquity during the Han Dynasty.” Perceptions of
Antiquity in Chinese Civilization. Edited by Dieter Kuhn and Helga Stahl. (Heidelberg: Würzburger
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“Human and Divine Kingship in Early China: Comparative Reflections.” Religion and Power: Divine
Kingship in the Ancient World and Beyond. Edited by Nicole Brisch. (Chicago: The Oriental
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“The Temptations of Sagehood, or: The Rise and Decline of Sagely Writing in Early China.” Books in 7
Numbers. Edited by Wilt Idema. (Cambridge: Harvard-Yenching Library, 2007.) Pages 23-47.
“Humans, Spirits, and Sages in Chinese Late Antiquity: Ge Hong’s Master Who Embraces Simplicity
(Baopuzi).” Extrême-Orient Extrême-Occident 29 (2007): 95-119.
“Listening to Sages: Divination, Omens, and the Rhetoric of Antiquity in Wang Chong’s Lunheng.”
Oriens Extremus 45 (2005-2006): 271-281.
“Innovation as Ritualization: The Fractured Cosmology of Early China.” Cardozo Law Review 28.1
(October 2006): 23-36.
“The Offering of Food and the Creation of Order: The Practice of Sacrifice in Early China.” Of Tripod
and Palate: Food, Politics, and Religion in Traditional China. Edited by Roel Sterckx. (New York:
Palgrave MacMillan, 2005.) Pages 75-95.
“Bones.” Encyclopedia of Religion, second edition. Edited by Lindsay Jones. (New York: MacMillan
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“Forming Spirits for the Way: The Cosmology of the Xiang’er Commentary to the Laozi.” Journal of
Chinese Religions 32 (2004): 1-27.
“Following the Commands of Heaven: The Notion of Ming in Early China.” The Magnitude of Ming:
Command, Allotment, and Fate in Chinese Culture. Edited by Christopher Lupke. (Honolulu:
University of Hawaii Press, 2005.) Pages 49-69.
“The Ascension of the Spirit: Toward a Cultural History of Self-Divinization Movements in Early
China.” Religion and Chinese Society. Edited by John Lagerwey. (Hong Kong: Chinese University
Press, 2004.) Pages 193-222.
“The Ethics of Responding Properly: The Notion of Qing in Early Chinese Thought.” Love and
Emotions in Traditional Chinese Literature. Edited by Halvor Eifring. (Leiden, Brill, 2004.) Pages
“Determining the Position of Heaven and Earth: Debates Over State Sacrifices in the Western Han
Dynasty.” Confucian Spirituality. Edited by Tu Wei-Ming and Mary Evelyn Tucker. (New York:
Crossroad Press, 2003)
“'Nothing Can Overcome Heaven': The Notion of Spirit in the Zhuangzi.” Hiding the World in the
World: Essays on Zhuangzi. Edited by Scott Cook. (Albany: State University of New York Press,
“Violent Misreadings: The Hermeneutics of Cosmology in the Huainanzi.” Bulletin of the Museum of
Far Eastern Antiquities. 72 (2000): 29-47.
“Humans and Gods: The Theme of Self-Divinization in Early China and Early Greece.” Thinking
Through Comparisons: Ancient China and Ancient Greece. Edited by Stephen Durrant and Steven
Shankman. (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002), pp. 55-74.
“Philosophy and Literature in Early China.” The Columbia History of Chinese Literature, edited by
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“China in Early Eurasian History: A Brief Review of Recent Scholarship on the Issue.” Bronze Age and
Early Iron Age Peoples of Eastern Central Asia. Edited by Victor Mair. (Washington D.C.: Institute
for the Study of Man, 1998), pp. 699-715.
“Sages, Ministers, and Rebels: Narratives from Early China Concerning the Initial Creation of the State.”
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 58.2 (December 1998): 425-479.
“Nature and Artifice: Debates in Late Warring States China Concerning the Creation of Culture.”
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 57.2 (December 1997): 471-518.
Review of Stephen Durrant’s The Cloudy Mirror: Tension and Conflict in the Writings of Sima Qian.
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 57.1 (June 1997): 290-301.