Garret Olberding

Associate Professor

Garret Olberding is a historian of early China, with research interests in historiography, representations of strategic space, and the management of administrative corruption. His first monograph, Dubious Facts: The Evidence of Early Chinese Historiography (SUNY Press, 2012), used the military memorials of the Former Han Dynasty (202 BCE - 8 CE) to explore the employment of evidence in early Chinese imperial court discourse. In the Spring of 2009, Dr. Olberding hosted a workshop funded by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange from which proceeded an edited volume, Facing the Monarch: Modes of Advice in the Early Chinese Court (Harvard University Press, Asia Center Publications, 2013). In 2016, he was awarded two further grants from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation to pursue research for a monograph and organize another international conference, both pertaining to conceptualizations of space in pre-modern China. His second monograph and a planned edited volume are in process. A future research project will investigate the means by which the ministerial application of imperial orders was supervised in the Qin and Han dynasties in order to discern the broad management of administrative corruption. His current course offerings are “China’s Art of War,” “East Asia to 1600,” “Early Imperial China,” “Classical China,” and “Law and Punishment.” Dr. Olberding received his PhD from the University of Chicago. To see a copy of Dr. Olberding's CV, click here