SarahAllan (Ai Lan艾兰)is Burlington Northern Foundation Professor of Asian Studies Emeritus, Dartmouth College. She is also the editor of Early China, and the Chair of the Society for the Study of Early China. She received her B.A. from U.C.L.A. and her M.A. and Ph.D. (1974) from the University of California at Berkeley. Allan’s most recent book is Buried Ideas: Legends of Abdication and Ideal Government in Early Chinese Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts (SUNY Press, 2015). Her other single-author books include: The Heir and the Sage: Dynastic Legend in Early China (CMC, 1981), The Shape of the Turtle: Myth, Art, and Cosmos in Early China (SUNY, 1991), and The Way of Water and Sprouts of Virtue (SUNY, 1995).
Research Project: Chinese art in the Second Millennium BCE
Dates of Affiliation: Feb. 15, 2021 to Feb. 14, 2022; Feb. 15. 2022 to Feb. 14, 2023
China before the Qin Dynasty, especially history of thought, excavated manuscripts and inscriptions, archaeology