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Luke Habberstad

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  • Affiliation: faculty
  • Title: Associate Professor, Early Chinese Literature and Religion
  • Phone: 541-346-4006
  • Office: 401 Friendly Hall
  • Office Hours: Winter, Spring, Fall 2020: On Leave
  • Affiliated Departments: Asian Studies, Religious Studies


Research Interests
Literature, religion, and material culture of early China (5th century BCE-3rd century CE); early Chinese historical writing; excavated texts; politics and cultures of dynastic and monarchical courts; ancient empires; religious ritual.


B.A., Yale University

M.A. (Asian Studies), University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D. (History), University of California, Berkeley



Forming the Early Chinese Court: Rituals, Spaces, Roles. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2018.

Articles (earliest to latest):

"The Sage and His Associates: Confucius and His Disciples Across Early Texts." In The Norton Critical Edition of The Analects. Edited by Michael Nylan. Translated by Simon Leys. New York: Norton, 2014: 178-91.

"Text, Performance, and Spectacle: The Funeral Procession of Marquis Yi of Zeng, 433 BC." Early China 37 (2014): 181-219.

"Recasting the Court in Late Western Han: Rank, Duty, and Alliances in the Process of Institutional Change." In Chang'an 26 BCE: An Augustan Age in China, edited by Michael Nylan and Griet Vankeerberghen. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015: 239-62.

"How and Why Do We Praise the Emperor? Debating and Depicting a Late Western Han Court Audience." Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient. 60.5 (2017): 683-714.

In progress:

[accepted] "Water Control and Policy-Making in the Shiji and Hanshu," forthcoming essay in a volume to be published by SUNY Press on technical expertise and historiography in Early China, edited by Michael Nylan and Mark Csikszentmihlayi. 

[accepted] "From Secretive Rulers to Leaking Officials: Status and the Regulation of Confidentiality During the Qin and Han." forthcoming in Fragments: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Ancient and Medieval Pasts.