Grace Wu, Franklin Institute Volunteer of the Month for February 2018!


Grace Wu, along with her two sons, Andrew and James, have been volunteering at the Franklin Institute for over three years.  Together they have contributed over 500 service hours!

She was motivated to volunteer for the Genghis Khan exhibit in 2015.  She so enjoyed sharing her vast knowledge of Chinese history and culture, that she is currently volunteering for the Terra Cotta Warriors Exhibit.

Petya Andreeva conducts research in Central Asia

Petya Andreeva, Phd candidate in East Asian Art and Architecture, traveled to Central Asia over the summer to conduct research for her dissertation. She blogged about her finds for the Penn Museum. Read her story here.

Denis Gainty passes away

Alum, Denis Gainty (PhD, 2007) died suddenly on March 26, 2017 at the age of 46.  A gentle soul, a wonderful friend, a brilliant scholar, he will be sorely missed.

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David Spafford wins NEH Grant

We are proud to announce that Dr. David Spafford has been awarded an National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for his project “The Corporate House in Japan, 1450 – 1650.”  He will use the award to conduct research culminating in a book on the social functions of the warrior house; exploring in particular, practices and ideas about family identity, survival, and legacy.

Congratulations, Dr. Spafford!

Annie Chan Digging in Xinjiang


Grad student Annie Chan has spent three field seasons in an area of China near the Kazakhstan border locating and documenting archaeological sites in difficult terrain.

Read her blog about this year's dig in Xinjiang.

Paul Goldin Named Institute for Advanced Study Fellow

Paul Goldin has been named the Willis F. Doney Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton's School of Historical Studies for Fall 2013.  He plans to work on a volume on classical Chinese thought that will focus on eight texts from the classical period—Analects of Confucius, Mozi, Mencius, Laozi, Zhuangzi, Sunzi, Xunzi, and Han Feizi—that proved most influential in later periods and provided the philosophical statements around which contemporaries oriented their own positions.