Martin Kern

Joanna and Greg Zeluck ’84 P13 P18 Professorship in Asian Studies
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  • Ph.D. in Sinology, Cologne University (Germany)
  • M.A. in Sinology, Cologne University (Germany)

Martin Kern is the Joanna and Greg ’84 P13 P18 Zeluck Professor in Asian Studies. He also serves as co-editor of T’oung Pao and is a member of the American Philosophical Society. At Princeton, Kern directs the university-wide collaboration “Comparative Antiquity: A Humanities Council Global Initiative.” At Renmin University of China (Beijing), he is the Xin’ao Distinguished Visiting Chair in the Humanities and directs the “International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures.” Kern’s numerous publications, including ten authored or edited books, address topics across all genres of ancient Chinese literature, including poetry as cultural memory and as performance in political and religious ritual; authorship; writing and orality; methodological issues in manuscript studies; early literary thought; and style and rhetoric in philosophy and historiography. 

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  • Wenben yu wenhua jiyi: Zaoqi Zhongguo de shuxie, yishi he shige yanjiu 文本與文化記憶:早期中國的書寫、儀式和詩歌研究 [Text and Cultural Memory: Studies in Early Chinese Writing, Ritual, and Poetry]. Beijing: Sanlian Publishers, 2019.




  • Shiji xue yu shijie hanxue lunji xubian 史記學與世界漢學論集續編 [Essays in Shiji Studies and World Sinology, Second Series], ed. Martin Kern and Lee Chi-hsiang 李紀祥. Taipei: Tangshan chubanshe/Tonsan Publications, 2016.