Director of Graduate Studies
Tamara Chin received her BA from Harvard College in Classics and Literature and PhD from UC Berkeley in Comparative Literature (classical Chinese, Greek, Latin). Her first book, Savage Exchange: Han Imperialism, Chinese Literary Style, and the Economic Imagination (Harvard, 2014), received the American Comparative Literature Association's Harry Levin Book Prize and Honorable Mention for the Associaton for Asian Studies' Joseph Levenson Pre-1900 Book Prize.
She works on comparative approaches to antiquity, with a focus on: Han dynasty China; ancient interculturality and the Afro-Eurasian "Silk Road"; and with broader interests in early and medieval China, modern conceptions of antiquity; economic and environmental history; literary and aesthetic form; gender/sexuality studies. She welcomes graduate students in these fields.