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Michael Puett

Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History and Anthropology at Harvard University

Areas of expertise

  • Early Chinese history
  • Classical Chinese ritual, social, and political theory
  • Inter-relations between religion, anthropology, history, and philosophy

Major works

The Ambivalence of Creation: Debates Concerning Innovation and Artifice in Early China. Stanford University Press, 2001.
To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China. Harvard University Asia Center, 2002.
Ritual and its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity. Co-authored with Robert Weller, Adam Seligman, and Bennett Simon. Oxford University Press, 2008.

About Me

Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History and Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion. He holds a joint appointment in the EALC and Anthropology departments. He is also a non-resident long-term fellow for programs in anthropological and historical sciences and the languages and civilizations of East Asia at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala. Puett joined the Harvard faculty in 1994 after earning his M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1994) from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

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