Michael Puett

Michael Puett

Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History and Professor of Anthropology
Joint Appointment with East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Michael Puett

Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History and Anthropology, as well as a member of the Committee on the Study of Religion. 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. In his research, Puett aims to bring the study of China into larger comparative frameworks. His primary interests focus on the historical anthropology of China and on bringing ritual theory, social theory, and political theory from China into contemporary theoretical discussions. Puett is the author of The Ambivalence of Creation: Debates Concerning Innovation and Artifice in Early China and To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China, as well as the co-author, with Adam Seligman, Robert Weller, and Bennett Simon, of Ritual and its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity. Puett has received multiple awards for his teaching and advising. In 2013 Puett was one of five named Harvard College Professors in recognition of his dedication to undergraduate education. Since 2012 his General Education course, “Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory,” has been the third most enrolled undergraduate course at Harvard.

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