Ari Daniel Levine received his PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University in 2002. A specialist in the cultural and intellectual history of early modern China, he is currently Associate Professor of History at the University of Georgia. He is the author of Divided by a Common Language: Factional Conflict in Late Northern Song China (University of Hawaii Press, 2008), as well as two chapters for The Cambridge History of China, Volume 5 Part I (Cambridge University Press, 2009), which cover the final half-century of the Northern Song dynasty. He has also published articles in the Journal of World History, Asia Major, and East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine. He is completing a monograph on urban space and cultural memory in Kaifeng, the capital of Northern Song China until its destruction by Jurchen invaders in 1127.