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 the moral and religious values that people of this era used to navigate and understand their world. He has authored Selfless Offspring: Filial Children and Social Order in Medieval China, as well as numerous book chapters and articles. He is one of the co-editors of Early Medieval Chinese Texts: A Bibliographic Guide (2015). Together with Albert Dien, he is editing the long-awaited Cambridge History of China: Volume Two, The Six Dynasties 220-589, which will be published in 2020. Presently, he is working on two manuscripts: "The Lives of Filial Children: A Study of Two Medieval Chinese Manuscripts Preserved in Kyoto," and “Between Fragmented and United: A History of Medieval China.”
Knapp is the President of the Early Medieval China Group and the Chair of the Southeast Early China Roundtable. He is an executive board member of the T’ang Studies Society. He has created and maintains two listservs, which includes 800 scholars from across the globe.
Knapp is the History Department's specialist on East Asia. He regularly teaches courses on the history of pre-modern China, modern China, Japan, the Samurai in history, literature, and art, East Asian concepts of leadership, and the archaeology of East Asia. In the near future, he plans to develop courses on utopias East and West, war and violence in Chinese history, and Premodern Chinese visions of how to live well and die well. At the graduate level, he has taught courses on pre-modern China, pre-modern Japan, historiography, and the history of the non-Western world.
Office: 432C Capers Hall
Vita: Dr. Knapp's Vita
Research Interests: East Asia, Pre-Modern China
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