Nicolas Tackett

Associate Professor
Office Hours: 
Friday 10:10-12:00
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

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 116B: Tang-Song China
History 103: Topical Course TBA
Graduate course:
History 280: Borders and Ethnicity in Pre-Modern China

Representative Publications: 


唐五代人物傳記與社會網絡資料庫 (1.0版)


"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

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

“Power in the Provinces: Local Elites and the State in Late Tang China.” Paper given at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting (March 24, 2007)

“The Great Wall and the Cosmotopography of the Northern Song-Khitan Border.” Paper given at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting (April 5, 2008)

“Demic Diffusion and Trans-Cultural Innovation in Middle Period Chinese Mortuary Culture.” Paper given at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (April 14, 2008)

“The People of Yan: Regional Identity in a Trans-Cultural and Trans-Ethnic Zone.” Paper given at the Conference on Translocal and Transregional Dynamics in Chinese History, National University of Singapore (May 13, 2008)

“Harvesting and Interpreting Biographic, Epigraphic, and Genealogic Data for Middle-Period Prosopography.” Paper given at the First International Workshop on Biographical Databases for China’s History, Harvard University (November 21, 2008)

“Cultural Diffusion and Hybridization along the Song-Liao Frontier.” Paper given in Chaoyang, Liaoning Province as part of the Silkroad Foundation's seminar on "China's Northern Frontier" (July 31, 2009)