Zike Ren

Field & Specialties

Medieval China
Intellectual & political history
Book history


M.A., Peking University, 2021

B.A., Peking University, 2018


I was originally trained in textual scholarship at Peking University, where I spent seven years specializing in phonology, exegesis, bibliography, collation, and edition. My current research focuses on the bureaucracy, political culture, and narratives within the central court of the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127), as well as the intellectual activities and social networks of scholar-officials from this period. My objective is to synthesize the intellectual, institutional, and political dimensions of the era to provide a nuanced understanding of its historical significance.

Awards & Honors

History Department Summer Research Grant (University of Virginia) 2024

Scholarship for Chinese Classics of Confucius 大成國學獎學金 (2020 – 2021)

Scholarship of Peking University (2018 – 2020)

Courses Taught

HIEA 2101 Modern Korean History: One Peninsula, Two Paths (Spring 2024)

Japanese 1010 (Fall 2022, Spring 2023)

Chinese 1010 (Fall 2021, Spring 2022)

Chinese Reference Books (Spring 2019, 2020, 2021)

Selected Reading from Zuozhuan  (Fall 2019, 2020)