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Jue Guo

Assistant Professor

Jue Guo is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures. She received her B.A. from Beijing University, and her M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining Barnard, she was an Assistant Professor of Chinese Religions at Western Michigan University and a visiting research fellow at the Cluster of Asia and Europe at Universität Heidelberg, Germany.

Academic Focus: 

Jue Guo specializes in early China, especially from the Warring States period to Han times (i.e., 5th century B.C.E.-2nd century C.E.). Her research interests are primarily in ritual practices, and social and cultural history of early societies. Using both received texts and excavated manuscripts, and material culture, she explores the intersection and interaction between texts and artifacts, and studies divination and healing, death rituals, funerary and burial practices, and everyday life in early China from an anthropological-historical perspective, as well as the way they are theorized in comparative studies. Her current book project titled A Life on Display: Reconstructing the Worlds of an Early Chinese Official examines how a fourth-century B.C.E. high-ranking minister of the Warring States Kingdom of Chu, Shao Tuo, navigated and negotiated the social, political, personal, and religious realms of his life, using the materials excavated from his intact tomb closed in 316 B.C.E.


At Barnard, she teaches undergraduate courses on Chinese civilization, major texts from East Asian traditions, and graduate courses on topics in early China, particularly using excavated manuscripts and tomb objects.

Fall 2013
  • Asian Humanities V3400 Colloquium on Major Texts: East Asia
  • HSEA G9844 Archaeology of Everyday Lifeworld in Early China


Awards & Honors: 

2012-2013 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe, Universität Heidelberg, Germany

2010 International Education Faculty Development Fund Award, Western Michigan University

2007-2008 ACLS/Henry Luce Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in East Asian Archaeology and Early History


“The Religious Realm in the Warring States China.” The Oxford Handbook on Ancient China, Oxford University Press, 2014, forthcoming.

秦漢出土文獻中的“知死”與“事死”—一個基於“形成框架”的試分析及方法論上的思考. Jianbo 簡帛, vol.8 (2013), forthcoming.

“Divination.” The Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions, ed., Randall L. Nadeau. Blackwell, 2012: 419-440.

 “Concepts of Death and the Afterlife Reflected in Newly Discovered Tomb Objects and Texts from Han China.”  In Amy L. Olberding and Philip J. Ivanhoe, eds., Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought. SUNY, 2011: 85-115.


317 Milbank Hall



Office Hours: 

Tuesdays 11-1PM and by appointment


B.A. 2001, Beijing University, Philosophy

M.A. 2003 and Ph.D 2008, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Early China