Sarah Allan

Academic Appointments
  • Editor, Early China

  • Chair, Society for the Study of Early China


307 Bartlett Hall


Asian Societies, Cultures and Languages


  • B.A. University of California at Los Angeles
  • M.A. University of California at Berkeley
  • Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley

Selected Publications

  • “On Shu 書 (“Documents”) and the Origin of the Shang shu 尚書 (“Ancient Documents”) in Light of Recently Discovered Bamboo Slip Manuscripts,” Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 75.3 (October 2012), pp. 547-57.

  • “Erlitou and the Formation of Chinese Civilization: Toward a New Paradigm,” Journal of Asian Studies , 66:2 (May 2007) 461-496.

  • “On the Identity of Shang Di and the Origin of the Concept of a Celestial Mandate,” Early China 31 (2007), pp. 1-46. (Published in 2010).

  • The Way of Water and Sprouts of Virtue , (1997; Chinese translation, Zhongguo zaoqi zhexuesixiang de benyu 水之道与德之端:中国早期哲学思想的本喻, 2002, revised and expanded edition, 2010; Korean translation, Gongja Woa Noja Gedeloen Muloaese Muoessoel Bowoassnenga, 1999).

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Works In Progress

Buried Ideas: Legends of Abdication and Ideal Governtment in Recently Discovered Early Chinese Bamboo-slip Manuscripts.  Albany, NY: SUNY Press, November, 2015