Peter K. Bol

Peter K. Bol

Vice Provost for Advances in Learning
Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Peter K. Bol

Fall 2014 Office Hours: Tuesday Noon-1 at 2 Divinity, room 221 and by appointment at Wadsworth House, email

Peter K. Bol is the Charles H. Carswell Professor East Asian Languages and Civilizations. His research is centered on the history of China's cultural elites from the Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties. He led Harvard's university-wide effort to establish support for geospatial analysis in teaching and research; in 2005 he was named the first director of the Center for Geographic Analysis. He also directs the China Historical Geographic Information Systems project, a collaboration between Harvard and Fudan University in Shanghai to create a GIS for 2000 years of Chinese history. In a collaboration between Harvard, Academia Sinica, and Peking University he directs the China Biographical Database project, an online relational database of 112,000 historical figures currently. He is the author of "This Culture of Ours:" Intellectual Transitions in T'ang and Song China and Neo-Confucianism in History.

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2 Divinity Ave. #221
p: (617) 495-8361