Michael Hunter

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Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages & Literatures
320 York Street Room 309, New Haven, CT 06511-3627

B.A., Swarthmore College, 2000
M.A., Sheffield University, 2006
Ph.D., Princeton University, 2012

Mick received his Ph.D. in 2012 from the East Asian Studies department at Princeton University, where he studied under Willard Peterson and Martin Kern.  His dissertation project, “Sayings of Confucius, Deselected,” examines the history of Confucius sayings in the early period and argues that the Confucian Analects, traditionally the most authoritative source of Confucius’s teachings, was first compiled during the early part of the Han empire, roughly three centuries later than is usually supposed.  His teaching and research interests cover all aspects of early Chinese culture but with a heavy emphasis on early thought and literature.  Having earned his B.A. in Western classics and philosophy from Swarthmore College, Mick is keenly interested in comparing early Chinese intellectuals with their counterparts across the ancient world. He is also an enthusiastic proponent of the use of digital research tools for the study of early Chinese texts.  In addition to a number of articles, Mick is currently revising his dissertation for publication and also planning two long-term projects: one on the Shangshu 尚書 (Exalted Documents), and the other on the history of pre-Han thought in light of Han scholars’ role in shaping and even recreating pre-Han textual traditions.