Department of History

Robert Eno

  • Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy


  • Ph.D. at University of Michigan, 1984

Contact Information

Goodbody Hall, Rm. 247
(812) 855-0856


Robert Eno

My field is early China, from the transition between the Neolithic and Bronze Ages (about 1500 BC) through the formation of the first empire (221 BC) and a bit beyond. My emphasis is intellectual history and philosophical thought, but I’m equally interested in philological issues of textual analysis, including inscriptional materials in media such as “oracle bones,” bronze ritual vessels, and bamboo strips. A lot of my work has focused on the birth and rise of the Confucian school during the period 500-100 BC. This has most recently led me into issues concerning cultural diversity in Eastern China during the late Bronze Age and the relationship between textual transmission and school filiation.

Research Interests

  • Early Chinese history and intellectual thought
  • Philology and inscriptional texts

Courses Recently Taught

Publication Highlights


The Confucian Creation of Heaven: Philosophy and the Defense of Ritual Mastery. Albany: SUNY Press, 1990.


“The Social Background of the Kong Family of Lu and the Origins of Ruism,” Early China 28 (2003), pp. 1-41.

“Casuistry and Character in the Mencius,” in Mencius: Contexts and Interpretations (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2002), pp. 189-215.