Nicolas Tackett

Associate Professor
Office Hours: 
On Leave
2212 Dwinelle
(510) 642-2518

Ph.D., Columbia University (2006)
Dissertation: "The Transformation of Medieval Chinese Elites"
M.A., Columbia University (2002)
B.S., Stanford University (1998)

Research Interests: 

Chinese elite society (9th to 11th century), Late Tang capital cities, Song-Liao border during the 11th century, death and death rituals


Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley (2013-present)
Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley (2009-2013)
Teaching Fellow, IHUM Program, Stanford University (2008-2009)
Lecturer, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2006-2007)

Selected Honors and Awards

ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship (2014-2015)
UC President's Faculty Research Fellowship (2011-2012)
IHUM Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University (2008-2009)
Getty Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-2008)
Fulbright Hays DDRA Fellowship (2004-2005)
Columbia Traveling Fellowship (2002-2003)
Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University (1997)


Undergraduate courses:
History 116G: Imperial China and the World
History 116B: Tang-Song China
History 100U: Frontier History
History 103: Precursors of Modern Nationalism
History 103: Chinese Nationalism and Ethnicity in Historical Context
History 103: Chinese Cities in History
History 103: Death and Afterlife in Traditional China
Graduate courses:
History 280: Borders and Ethnicity in Pre-Modern China

History 285U: Digital Approaches to History

Representative Publications: 


唐五代人物傳記與社會網絡資料庫 (1.0版) <tbdb010.mdb> (Prosopographic and Social Network Database of the Tang and Five Dynasties, version 1.0). Includes data on over 32,000 individuals culled from biographies, genealogical tables, and over 3,000 excavated tomb epitaphs.

唐宋遼墓葬數據庫 (1.0版) (Database of Tang, Song, and Liao Tombs, version 1.0). Includes data on over 1,700 excavated tombs (currently mostly from Northeast China).



"晚唐河北人對宋初文化的影響:以喪葬文化、語音、以及新興精英風貌為例" (The Impact of Late Tang Hebei on the Development of Early Song Elite Culture). Tang yanjiu 唐研究 19 (2013): 251-281.

"The Great Wall and Conceptualizations of the Border under the Northern Song."; Journal of Song Yuan Studies 38 (2008): 99-138.

"Great Clansmen, Bureaucrats, and Local Magnates: The Structure and Circulation of the Elite in Late-Tang China." Asia Major 3rd ser. 21.2 (2008): 101-152.

Selected Papers and Lectures

"Mapping Localism: New Data on the Geographic Redistribution of Political Elites across the Tang-Song Transition." Conference on Middle Period China, Harvard University, June 6, 2014.

"晚唐河北对宋初文化的影响" (The Impact of Late Tang Hebei on Early Song Culture). Peking Univerity, June 29, 2013.

"十一世纪东北亚的丧葬文化与族群认同" (Mortuary Culture and Ethnic Identity in Eleventh-Century Northeast Asia). Minzu University of China, June 6, 2013.

"晚唐的权力地理" (The Geography of Power in the Late Tang) (in Chinese). Minzu University of China, May 16, 2013.

"Description of Tang Prosopographic Data / Using Data in Research." Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting, March 23, 2013.

"Social Networks and Factional Strife among the Bureaucratic Aristocracy of Ninth-Century China." American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 5, 2013.

"Political Power and the Social Network of Late Tang Elites." China Humanities Seminar, Harvard University, October 15, 2012.

"The Great Wall in History and Memory." Beijing Language and Culture University, June 6, 2012.

"Geographic Relocation and the Exploitation by Late Tang Elites of Capital-Based Social Networks." Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting, March 16, 2012.

"Upheavals in Medieval China: Assessing the Impacts of the An Lushan and Huang Chao Rebellions." East Asia Center, University of Virginia, November 18, 2011.

"Tang Colonialism and Song Localism: An Alternative Model of Elite-State Competition." Melbourne Conference on China (on theme of “Chinese Elites and their Rivals), July 20, 2010.

"Travelers through a Contested Landscape: Eleventh-Century Yan and the Bounding of the Chinese Ecumene." American Oriental Society Annual Meeting, March 13, 2010.

"Delimiting the Chinese Realm: International Borders in Eleventh-Century North Asia." Stanford University, October 29, 2009.

"Cultural Diffusion and Hybridization along the Song-Liao Frontier." Silkroad Foundation Seminar on China's Northern Frontier, Chaoyang, Liaoning Province, July 31, 2009.

"Harvesting and Interpreting Biographic, Epigraphic, and Genealogic Data for Middle-Period Prosopography." First International Workshop on Biographical Databases for China's History, Harvard University, November 21, 2008.

"The People of Yan: Regional Identity in a Trans-Cultural and Trans-Ethnic Zone." Conference on Translocal and Transregional Dynamics in Chinese History, National University of Singapore, May 13, 2008.

"Demic Diffusion and Trans-Cultural Innovation in Middle Period Chinese Mortuary Culture." Getty Research Institute, April 14, 2008.

“The Great Wall, Border Linearization, and the Topography of the Song Frontier.” University of Tennessee, Knoxville, January 26, 2007.