A native of Pound Ridge, New York, Keith Knapp received his B.A. in History and Asian Studies from the State University of New York at Albany and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in East Asian History from the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the cultural and social history of early medieval China (AD 100-600); he is particularly interested in exploring how people make sense of their world. He has written Selfless Offspring: Filial Children and Social Order in Medieval China, as well as a numerous book chapters and articles. He is one of the co-editors of the soon to be published Early Medieval Chinese Texts: A Bibliographic Guide. Together with Albert Dien, he is editing the long-awaited Cambridge History of China: Volume Two, The Six Dynasties 220-581. Presently, he is finishing a manuscript entitled "The Lives of Filial Children: A Study of Two Medieval Chinese Manuscripts Preserved in Kyoto."
He is the President of the Early Medieval China Group and the Chair of the Southeast Early China Roundtable. He regularly compiles and distributes the "Early China Archaeological Digest," which provides links to articles about recent archaeological discoveries and historic preservation in China.
Knapp is the History Department's specialist on East Asia. He regularly teaches courses on the history of pre-modern China, modern China, Japan, and the Silk Road. He has also offered special topic courses on East Asian religions, Chinese philosophy and religion, and East Asian historical conceptions of leadership; he plans to develop courses on East Asian archaeology and a comparsion of ancient Rome and China. At the graduate level, he teaches courses on pre-modern China, pre-modern Japan, historiography, and the history of the non-Western world. Usually, every other year, he takes students to China as part of a Maymester program.
Office: 432C Capers Hall
Vita: Dr. Knapp's Vita
Research Interests: East Asia, Pre-Modern China