Christopher Nugent

Christopher Nugent
Professor of Chinese
Hollander Hall Rm 343
At Williams since 2004


B.A. Brown University (1991)
Ph.D. Harvard University, East Asian Lang & Civilization (2004)

Areas of Expertise

Medieval Chinese literary culture, manuscript culture, memory and memorization


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

CHIN 210

Cultures of China: Conflicts and Continuities

CHIN 228 / COMP 225

Traditional Chinese Poetry

CHIN 413

Intermediate Classical Chinese: Ideas of Authority in Classical Chinese Literature

Scholarship/Creative Work

Editor, Tang Studies

Oxford Handbook of Traditional Chinese Literature: essays on “Writing Materials” and “Manuscript Culture, publication expected in 2016.

“Putting His Materials to Use: Experiencing a Li Bai Yuefu in Manuscript and Early Print Documents, East Asian Publishing and Society 5.1 (2015), pp. 32–73

Manifest in Words, Written on Paper: Producing and Circulating Poetry in Tang Dynasty China.  Harvard University Asia Center Press, 2010. (Winner of the 2012 Joseph Levenson Book Prize, pre-1900 category)

Review of Graham Sanders, Words Well Put: Visions of Poetic Competence in the Chinese Tradition, The University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 78:1, pp. 221–222.

「唐代长安诗歌的流传」(“The Circulation of Tang Poetry in Chang‘an”), in Chen Pingyuan 陈平原, et al., eds.《西安:都市想象与文化记忆》(“Xi’an: Metropolitan Imagination and Cultural Memory”), Beijing University Press, 2009.

“The Lady and Her Scribes: Dealing with the Multiple Dunhuang Copies of Wei Zhuang’s ‘Lament of the Lady of Qin’,” Asia Major, vol. 20 (2007), pp. 25–73.

”Literary Collections in Tang Dynasty China,” T’oung Pao, vol. 93 (2007), pp. 1–52.

Editorial committee member, 汉语900句 (Everyday Chinese), Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, 2006.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

2013 Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Scholar Grant for “It’s All Before Your Eyes: Organizing, Using, and Transmitting Literary Knowledge in Medieval China.”

2013 Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in Chinese Studies Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grant (collaborator with Jack W. Chen, UCLA) for “Reading, Information, and Quantification in Traditional China.”

2012 Joseph Levenson Book Prize, pre-1900 category, for Manifest in Words, Written on Paper: Producing and Circulating Poetry in Tang Dynasty China.

Professional Affiliations

American Oriental Society, Association of Asian Studies, Early Medieval China Group, T’ang Studies Society

Current Committees

  • Comparative Literature Program