Associate Professor

Basic Information

Curriculum Vitae:
336 LeConte
Office Hours:
By appointment

Ari Daniel Levine specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of early modern China, and teaches a broad range of courses in Chinese, East Asian, and world history. 

His book Divided by a Common Language: Factional Conflict in Late Northern Song China was published by University of Hawaii Press in 2008. His co-edited volume Powerful Arguments: Standards of Validity in Late Imperial China, with Martin Hofmann and Joachim Kurtz, was published by Brill in April 2020.

He has also written two narrative chapters for Volume 5 of the Cambridge History of China, and has published articles in T'oung Pao, Asia Major, the Journal of World HistoryThe Medieval History Journal, Xin Songxue 新宋學, and East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine

Since 2017, he has served as the Editor of the Journal of Song-Yuan Studies.

He is completing a second book project on urban space and cultural memory in the Northern Song capital of Kaifeng, and starting a third on visual experience in early modern China. 

Selected Publications:

“Jiyizhong de jianyi: Songdai biji suo fanying de Kaifeng Kaibao sita he Tianqing si ta” 記憶中的建築: 宋代筆記所反映的開封開寶寺塔和天清寺塔. Xin Songxue 新宋學 8 (2019). 

“Court And Country: Discourses Of Socio-Political Authority In Northern And Southern Song China”. The Medieval History Journal 19.2 (2016): 351393.

Levine, Ari Daniel. “Walls And Gates, Windows And Mirrors: Urban Defenses, Cultural Memory, And Security Theater In Song Kaifeng”. East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine 39 (2014): 5518.

Levine, Ari Daniel. “Stages Of Decline: Cultural Memory, Urban Nostalgia, And Political Indignation As Imaginaries Of Resistance In Yue Ke's Pillar Histories”. The Medieval History Journal 17.2 (2014): 337378.

Levine, Ari Daniel. “Welcome To The Occupation: Collective Memory, Displaced Nostalgia, And Dislocated Knowledge In Song Ambassadors' Travel Records Of Jin-Dynasty Kaifeng”. T'oung Pao 99.4-5 (2013): 379444.

Levine, Ari Daniel. “Siyuan de jixu: cong wenhua jiyu, shijue ganshou, ji wenben deng fangmian yantao TangSong Xiangguosi 寺院的記叙: 從文化記憶、視覺感受、及文本等方面研討唐宋相國寺”. In Kaifeng: Dushi xiangxiang yu wenhua jiyi 開封: 都市想像與文化記憶, ed. Chen Pingyuan. 98-129. Beijing: Beijing daxue chubanshe, 2013. 

Levine, Ari Daniel. “Public Good And Partisan Gain: Languages Of Faction In Late Imperial China And Eighteenth-Century England”. Journal of World History 23.4 (2012): 841–882.

Levine, Ari Daniel. “The Reigns Of Hui-Tsung (1100-26) and Ch'in-Tsung (1126-7) and The Fall Of The Northern Sung”. In The Cambridge History Of China, Vol. 5, Part I: The Sung Dynasty and Its Precursors, 9071279, edited by Denis C. Twitchett and Paul Smith. 556643. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Levine, Ari Daniel. “Che-Tsung's Reign (1085-1100) and The Age Of Faction.” In The Cambridge History Of China, Vol. 5, Part I: The Sung Dynasty and Its Precursors, 9071279, edited by Denis C. Twitchett and Paul Smith. 484-555. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Levine, Ari Daniel. Divided By A Common Language: Factional Conflict In Late Northern Song China. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2008.

Levine, Ari Daniel. “Faction Theory and the Political Imagination of the Northern Song.” Asia Major (Third Series) 18.2 (2005): 155–200.


PhD, Columbia University, 2002

Of note:

Senior Scholarship in Chinese Studies, Fulbright-IIE, 2009

Fellowship for American Research in the Humanities in China, American Council of Learned Societies, 2010

Research Fellowship, Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context, Heidelberg University, 2011-2012

Research Fellowship, Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts, 2012-2013

Conference Grant, ACLS Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society Program, for International Conference Standards of Validity in Late Imperial China, Heidelberg University, 2013

Workshop Grant (with Ya Zuo and Cong Ellen Zhang), Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Collaborative Reading-Workshop Program, for Workshop Reading Biji: Randomness, Fluidity, Materiality, and Emotionality, 2020-2021

Events with Ari Daniel Levine

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