Michael Nylan, Professor of History, received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, her M.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and her Ph.D. from Princeton University. She usually conducts research on early Chinese history, from the fourth century BC to the fourth century AD, when she is not studying modern receptions of antiquity. She is particularly interested in the sociopolitical, religious, and material contexts of new movements. Professor Nylan's most recent publications include The Norton Critical Edition of the "Analects," a forthcoming book on Western Han Chang'an ca. 26 BCE (Augustan Rome's counterpart halfway round the world), a translation of Exemplary Figures, a masterwork by Yang Xiong (d. AD 18), and Lives of Confucius (written with Thomas Wilson), which is soon to appear in Chinese translation. Her next project is a book on pleasure theory in early China.