Professor of History and Religious Studies
220 New Hall
Born in Chicago, raised in California, taught at BYU and Elmira College (in upstate New York) before moving to Asheville in 1994. Happily married since 1982, two children.
- Ph.D. Yale University, 1988 (Chinese Language and Literature)
- B.A. Brigham Young University, 1984 (Ancient Greek)
- World Civilizations to 1500
- Imperial China
- Revolutionary China
- History of Japan
- Women in China
- Humanities 124: The Ancient World
- Humanities 214: Medieval and Renaissance World
Asian history, early China, historiography,humanities, world scripture, Mormon studies
- Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition, thirty-six part DVD lecture course for The Teaching Company, 2012.
- The Oxford History of Historical Writing, Volume I: Beginnings to AD 600 (co-editor with Andrew Feldherr, Princeton University). Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2010.
- Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
“Introduction.” In The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text, edited by Royal Skousen. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.
- The Establishment of the Han Empire and Imperial China (co-author with Anne Kinney, University of Virginia). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005
- The Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Edition (editor). Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2003.
- Enduring Ties: Poems of Family Relationships (editor). Royalton, VT: Steerforth Press, 2003.
- Worlds of Bronze and Bamboo: Sima Qian's Conquest of History. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999..