Jiajing Wang

|Assistant Professor
Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Jiajing Wang is an anthropological archaeologist whose research reconceptualizes long-standing interpretations of history as "human" history by drawing attention to the critical role nonhuman agents played in transforming and directing human actions. Specializing in archaeobotany—the analysis of plant remains in archaeological contexts—her research demonstrates how nonhuman entities like plants, animals, and material tools co-directed major global historical transformations. Wang's research projects includes studying the origins of farming in China, human-animal relationships, and ancient fermentation. Her recent research also involves foodways in Chinese diaspora archaeology.



Silsby, Room 405
HB 6047




  • B.A. Smith College
  • Ph.D. Stanford University

Selected Publications

  • Wang, J. L. Liu, X. Qin (2024). Reconstructing Late Neolithic animal management practices in North China using microbotanical analysis of dental calculus: A case study of Kangjia. Antiquity. https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2024.43

  • Wang, J. (2023) A posthumanist approach to the origins of rice agriculture in southern China. Current Anthropology 64(3). https://doi.org/10.1086/725100

  • Wang, J. L. Ng, T. Serrao-Leiva (2023). Self-reliance and pig husbandry in Los Angeles Chinatown (1880-1933): New evidence from dental calculus analysis and historical records. American Antiquity. https://doi.org/10.1017/aaq.2023.79

  • Wang, J., Y. He, Y. Tang, L. Liu, Y. Li (2023). An interplay of dryland and wetland: millet and rice cultivation at the Peiligang site (8000 – 7600 BP) in the middle Yellow River Valley, China. Agronomy 13, no. 8: 2130. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy13082130

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