Academic Field: 
East Asian Languages & Civilizations

Ed Shaughnessy is the Lorraine J. and Herrlee G. Creel Distinguished Service Professor of Early China in the Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations and the College, and the Director of the Creel Center for Chinese Paleography. He is an expert in the cultural and literary history of China’s Zhou period, with a special interest in archaeologically recovered textual materials such as oracle-bone and bronze inscriptions and bamboo-strip manuscripts. His books include Ancient China: Life, Myth and Art (2005), a popular overview of China to the mid-Tang; Gu Shi Yi Guan (2005), a collection of his Chinese essays; and Rewriting Early Chinese Texts (2006), an exploration of how editors have fashioned texts, especially those originally written on bamboo strips.