Field: Chinese History
Advisor: Li Feng
Dongming Wu is from China and received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Sichuan University in China majoring in Chinese Literature. He started his PhD study at Columbia University since 2015. His area of concentration focuses on reconstructing the social lives in the Zhou dynasty (1045-256 B.C.E) by combining archaeological, paleographical, and textual data. His dissertation examines the southern frontier of the Zhou dynasty from the perspective of metal economy to see how economic activities contributed to social interaction and transformation on the southern frontier in Zhou China. By examining the economic activities of metal in the whole spectrum of society, he hopes to demonstrate how metal industry was organized and performed in different social levels and how it was integrated in the state policies in the Zhou dynasty.