Professor Charles Hartman Appointed to Institute of Advanced Study

Professor Charles Hartman of the Department of East Asian Studies will spend the spring term as a Member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

The Institute for Advanced Study is one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. The Institute exists to encourage and support fundamental research in the sciences and humanities—the original, often speculative thinking that produces advances in knowledge that change the way we understand the world. Work at the Institute takes place in four Schools: Historical Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Science.

At the Institute, the School of Historical Studies embraces a historical approach to research throughout the humanistic disciplines, from socioeconomic developments, political theory, and modern international relations, to the history of art, science, philosophy, music, and literature. 

During his tenure, Professor Hartman will continue his research on the history and historiography of the Chinese Song dynasty (960-1279). His research seeks to modify prevailing scholarship, which has emphasized the Confucian, literati character of the Song state, and accentuate the contrasting role of imperial military and economic power. He argues that the surviving sources for Song history exaggerate literati supremacy in Song politics because the framing narratives of these sources originate in the literati’s own unsuccessful efforts to wrest control of state resources away from the monarchy and the military. Professor Hartman anticipates that the multi-disciplinary character of the School of Historical Studies will deepen and facilitate his research program.

Professor Hartman spent the fall semester as a senior Fulbright research scholar at the Center for Chinese Studies in Taipei, Taiwan.

The Institute, founded in 1930, is a private, independent academic institution located in Princeton, New Jersey. Its more than 6,000 former Members hold positions of intellectual and scientific leadership throughout the academic world. Some 33 Nobel Laureates and 38 out of 52 Fields Medalists, as well as many winners of the Wolf or MacArthur prizes, have been affiliated with the Institute.