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Michael Puett

Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. He is the recipient of a Harvard College Professorship for excellence in undergraduate teaching, the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize, the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award, and the Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising. He is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science. He 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.


  • Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History, Harvard University