Li Feng (sinologist)


Li Feng (Chinese: 李峰; pinyin: Lǐ Fēng; born 1962), or Feng Li, is a professor of Early Chinese History and Archaeology at Columbia University, where he is director of graduate studies for the Department of East Asian Languages and Culture. He received his MA in 1986 from the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and his Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of Chicago. He also did Ph.D. work in the University of Tokyo (1991). He is both a field archaeologist and an historian of Early China with primary interest in bronze inscriptions of the Shang-Zhou period. Li founded the Columbia Early China Seminar in 2002, and directed Columbia's first archaeological field project in China, in the Shandong Peninsula, in 2006–2011.

Li Feng
Born1962 (age 59–60)
OccupationSinologist, archaeologist, historian, professor
Academic background
EducationInstitute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
University of Chicago
University of Tokyo
Academic work
DisciplineSinology, archaeology, history
Sub-disciplineAncient Chinese history
InstitutionsColumbia University
Main interestsShang-Zhou bronze inscriptions

When sinologist Cho-yun Hsu's Western Chou Civilization (1988) was reprinted in Chinese in 2012, Hsu invited Li Feng to write a chapter-length postscript to update the book with new discoveries made in the intervening decades. In his preface, Hsu praised Li's expertise in both field archaeology and traditional history, and expressed his hope that Li would one day write a new history of the Zhou (Chou) dynasty to supersede his work.[1]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Landscape and Power in Early China: The Crisis and Fall of the Western Zhou 1045-771 BC Cambridge University Press, 2006.[2]
  • Bureaucracy and the State in Early China: Governing the Western Zhou Cambridge University Press, 2008.[3]
  • Writing and Literacy in Early China (co-edited with David Branner); UW Press, 2011.[4]
  • Early China: A Social and Cultural History Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • Guicheng: A Study of the Formation of States on the Jiaodong Peninsula in Late Bronze-Age China, 1000-500 BCE.


  1. ^ Cho-yun Hsu (2012). Western Chou Civilization 西周史 (in Chinese). Sanlian Shudian. p. 2. ISBN 978-7-108-03733-6.
  2. ^ WorldCat book entry
  3. ^ WorldCat book entry
  4. ^ WorldCat book entry

External linksEdit

  • Official website at Columbia University
  • Li Feng's works (PDF downloads) on