Jiajing Wang

|Assistant Professor
Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Jiajing Wang is an anthropological archaeologist whose research investigates the origins and spread of agriculture, food and cuisines, and cultural contact. She studies these topics by applying methods in paleoethnobotany, use-wear analysis, and experimental archaeology. Her current research projects are focused on the origins of rice farming in China, ancient beer production and consumption, and the application of microfossil analysis in historical archaeology.


Silsby, Room 405
HB 6047




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

Selected Publications

  • 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

  • Wang, J., J. Zhu, D. Lei, L. Jiang (2022). New evidence for rice harvesting in the early Neolithic Lower Yangtze River, China. PLOS ONE 17(12): e0278200 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0278200

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