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Filippo Marsili, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Courses Taught

China and Japan to 1600; Samurai, Revolutionaries, and Entrepreneurs (China and Japan since 1600); Origins of the Modern World to 1500; Origins of the Modern World since 1500; The Culture of Violence in China and Japan; Religions on the Silk Roads; Barbarians, Savages, and Monsters: Otherness in the Ancient World; Historiography of China


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2011

M.A.,  University of California, Berkeley, 2007

B.A., Università di Roma "La Sapienza," 2000

Research Interests

History of Religions; Cultural and political history of ancient China; History of Historiography; Intercultural and Inter-religious Encounters; Cultural History of Violence

Publications and Media Placements

Heaven is EmptyA Cross-Cultural Approach to Religion and Power in Ancient China (SUNY Press, 2018).

“The Ghosts of Monotheism: Heaven, Fortune, and Universalism in Early Chinese and Greco-Roman Historiography,” Fragments 3 (2013 – 2014): 43 – 77. 

“The Ding Tripods,” in C.Y. Liu, M. Nylan, A. Barbieri Law, Recarving China’s Past (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005): 246-57.

Review of “Knowing Heaven: Astronomy, the Calendar, and the Sagecraft Science in Early Imperial China.” By Daniel Patrick Morgan’s, Dissertation Reviews, November 17 (2015);

Review of The Sage and the People: The Confucian Revival in China. By Sebastien Billioud and Joël Thoraval, Journal of the American Academy of Religion 2016, 84 (2): 560-563; doi: 10.1093/jaarel/lfw048

Professional Organizations and Associations

Co-creator and organizer of the Matteo Ricci Speakers Series: The Jesuit, Christianity, China, and the Intercultural Experience