LEUNG, Vincent S. (梁萃行)
Head of Department & Associate Professor

Tel.: (852) 2616-8342
Fax.: (852) 2467-7478
Email: vincentleung@LN.edu.hk


Please see his CV for details.

Academic & Professional Qualifications

Ph.D., Harvard University, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, 2011
A.M., Harvard University, Regional Studies – East Asia, 2002
B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, Chinese Language and Literature, 2000
B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mathematics and Economics, 2000

Areas of Interest

Intellectual and political history of early China
Historiography and imperialism in early China
Rise of empires in ancient Eurasia
Critical theories and historical methods


  • Books
  • Articles
  • Book Review
  • Conference Presentation


The Politics of the Past in Early China (Cambridge University Press, 2019)


"Bad Writing: Cursive Calligraphy and the Ethics of Orthography in the Eastern Han." Behaving Badly in Early and Medieval China, ed. N. Harry Rothschild and Leslie Wallace. University of Hawai'i Press, 2017.

"The Former Han Empire." Routledge Handbook on Early Chinese History, ed. Paul R. Goldin. Routledge, 2018.

"Mozi." The Oxford Handbook of Ancient China, 7/6000-300 BCE, ed. Elizabeth Childs-Johnson. Oxford University Press. [Forthcoming]


Book Review:

Review of Liang Cai, Witchcraft and the Rise of the First Confucian Empire (State University of New York Press, 2014). Journal of Chinese Philosophy. [Forthcoming in 2017]

Review of Jack Chen and David Schaberg, eds., Idle Talk: Gossip and Anecdote in Traditional China (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2013). Social History 40.1 (2015), 106-107.

"Studying Ancient World History in 20th Century China." A review of Xin Fan's dissertation The Making of an Alienated Past: The Study of Ancient World History in Twentieth- Century China (Indiana University, 2013). Dissertation Reviews. April 28, 2015. (http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/11511)

"Sima Qian and the Author-Function." A review of Esther Klein's dissertation The History of a Historian: Perspectives on the Authorial Roles of Sima Qian (Princeton, 2010). Dissertation Reviews. March 4, 2014. (http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/2279)

"Hunting and Eastern Han Tomb Reliefs." A review of Leslie Wallace's dissertation Chasing the Beyond: Depictions of Hunting in Eastern Han Dynasty Tomb Reliefs (25-220 CE) from Shaanxi and Shanxi (University of Pittsburgh, 2010). Dissertation Reviews. January 24, 2013. (http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/2174)

Conference Presentation:

"On the Chuci as a Literary Artifact of the Spatial Politics of the Han Empire." Designing Space: The Exercise of the Spatial Imagination in Pre-modern China. University of Pittsburgh. May 26-27, 2017.

"The Curious Constitution of Antiquity in Modern China: On the Discovery of Oracle Bones in 1899, For Example." 44th Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional AAS Conference. October 9-11, 2015.

"Best Served Cold? Revenge and Resentment as Political Tools in Early Medieval Japan" Panel discussant. 44th Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional AAS Conference. October 9-11, 2015.

"Found in Translation: A Conference on the World History of Science, ca. 1200-1600." Panel chair. University of Pittsburgh. October 10–12, 2015.

"Excavated Texts and Early Chinese Empires." Panel organizer and chair. Inaugural AAS-in-Asia Conference, National University of Singapore. July 17-19, 2014.

"Inscribing the World: Global Art, Global History, Pedagogy." Panel discussant. Second Global Humanities Workshop, University of Pittsburgh. April 5, 2013.

"Antiquity Rehabilitated: Jia Yi's Politics as a Science of the Past." Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, San Diego, California. March 21-24, 2013.

"Defining and Redefining Friends: Literary Representations of Friendship in Traditional Chinese Genres." Panel discussant. New England Association for Asian Studies, October 20, 2012.

"'Early China' as an Extra-traditional Past: The Discovery of Oracle-Bone Inscriptions in 1899." Writing a New Literary History of Modern China: A Workshop. Harvard University. April 22-23, 2011.

"Empire and Time: Qin Empire and the Legalist Tradition." 20th Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, Columbia University. February 4-5, 2011.

"The Problem with History in Early Legalist Writings." 14th Annual Southeast Early China Roundtable, University of Kentucky. November 12-14, 2010.

"The Location of Empire: Spatial Criticism in the Huainanzi." 13th Annual Harvard East Asia Society Graduate Student Conference, Harvard University, February 26-28, 2010.

"Homeless and Stateless: Humanism and History in Early China." Fairbank Center Graduate Associates Lecture Series, Harvard University, February 23, 2010.

"The Specter of the Past: Law and History under the Qin Empire." The Unfinished Work of Interpretation, Harvard University. May 28, 2009.

"Empires in Early China." Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University. November 24, 2008.

"The Politics of History in Early China." 2nd Annual Prospectus Conference, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University. May 5, 2008.

"The Content of the Form in the 'Fu' Chapter of the Xunzi." New England Association of Asian Studies Regional Conference, University of New Hampshire. October 7, 2007.                           

"Early Han Imperialism and Sima Qian's Motive for Historiography." 10th Annual Harvard East Asia Society Graduate Student Conference, Harvard University. March 9-11, 2007.

"On the 'Fu' Chapter of the Xunzi: Text and Context in the Reading of Early Chinese Texts." Intergenerational Graduate Student Conference on Diversity in East Asia, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. May 5-6, 2006.

"The Institution and Perversion of Names: On the 'Fu' Chapter of the Xunzi." Places and Spaces: The Aesthetics of Place and Disjuncture in Chinese Literature, Harvard University. January 13, 2006.