A member of the Asian Languages and Cultures faculty since 1996, Schaberg has served as the interim dean of that division since September 2011, Previously, he had been chair of the department since May 2009. He also served as co-director of the Center for Chinese Studies from 2005 to 2011 and chair of the East Asian Studies interdepartmental and masters programs from 2004 to 2009.
"I look forward to his continued leadership, confident that the division will continue to thrive under his capable direction, said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh in his letter announcing the appointment today (June 29).
Schaberg has published articles on early Chinese literature, historiography and thought, as well as Greek–Chinese comparative issues, focusing more recently on the history of oratory in early China. He is the author of "A Patterned Past: Form and Thought in Early Chinese Historiography," which was awarded the 2003 Levenson Prize for Books in Chinese Studies (pre-1900 category). He is also a contributor to a new translation of China’s first great historical work, "The Zuo Tradition," to be published by the University of Washington Press.
He is a member of the Association for Asian Studies, the American Oriental Society, the Society for the Study of Early China and the Modern Language Association, and he has lectured at a number of overseas institutions including Cambridge, Oxford, Fudan, National Taiwan, Shanghai and Suzhou universities; and domestically at Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington and Yale.
Schaberg holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University and a B.A. in comparative literature from Stanford University. He also studied Chinese literature at National Taiwan University from 1986 to 1988.