Literature, religion, and material culture of early China (5th century BCE-3rd century CE); early Chinese historical writing; excavated texts; politics and cultures of dynastic and monarchical courts; ancient empires; religious ritual.
Forming the Early Chinese Court: Rituals, Spaces, Roles. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2018.
"How and Why Do We Praise the Emperor? Debating and Depicting a Late Western Han Court Audience." Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient. 60.5 (2017): 683-714.
"Recasting the Court in Late Western Han: Rank, Duty, and Alliances in the Process of Institutional Change." In Chang'an 26 BCE: An Augustan Age in China, edited by Michael Nylan and Griet Vankeerberghen. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015: 239-62.
"Text, Performance, and Spectacle: The Funeral Procession of Marquis Yi of Zeng, 433 BC." Early China 37 (2014): 181-219.
"The Sage and His Associates: Confucius and His Disciples Across Early Texts." In The Norton Critical Edition of The Analects. Edited by Michael Nylan. Translated by Simon Leys. New York: Norton, 2014: 178-91.