The Society for the Study of Early China (SSEC) is a scholarly, non-political, and non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in the culture and civilization of China from earliest times down to and including the period of the Han dynasty, through 220 CE.


Established in 1975, the goals of the Society are to further the progress of studies within the field by providing for the cooperative exchange and communication of knowledge and ideas and by encouraging projects critical to the growth of the field. The Society publishes the peer-reviewed journal Early China as well as the Early China Special Monograph Series.


Editorial Board


Sarah Allan, Chair and Editor

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures Dartmouth College


Erica Brindley

Departments of History and Religious Studies

Pennsylvania State University


Miranda Brown

Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

University of Michigan


Scott Cook

Humanities (Chinese Studies)

Yale-NUS College


Liu Li

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Stanford University


Michael Lüdke

International Consortium for Research in the Humanities

Friedrich-Alexander Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg


Charles Sanft

Department of History

University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Secretary / Treasurer

Michael Nylan

Department of History

University of California at Berkeley


Book Review Editor

Anne Kinney

Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures

University of Virginia



Nick Vogt

East Asian Languages and Cultures

Indiana University