Field: Chinese History
Advisor: Li Feng
Dongming Wu is a doctoral student in early Chinese history. He received his BA from Sichuan University in 2008 and an MA from Columbia University in 2015, in which year he started his PhD study. Dongming’s research is based on archeological evidence and his interests build on bronze. Analyzing bronze inscriptions, Dongming focuses on the complexity of the border regions in Western Zhou time (1045-771 BC). He studies how the Zhou state maintained its integrity by strengthening ethnic ties and sustained the allegiance of foreign polities by authorizing their political identities. Integrating archeological and textual sources, Dongming looks into the functioning of the Zhou state and tries to elucidate the nexus between central and border, ideology and governance.