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Ying-Chen Peng Assistant Professor Department of Art

PhD art history, UCLA
MA art history, Graduate Institute of Art History, National Taiwan University
BA Japanese language and literature, National Taiwan University

Languages Spoken
Classical Chinese (reading proficiency)
Dr. Peng specializes in late imperial and modern Chinese art history with a focus on gender issues and globalization of material culture. Before joining the American University she worked at the National Palace Museum and the Academia Sinica, both in Taiwan, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a pre-doctoral research fellow and received her PhD degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2014. Currently she is revising a book manuscript entitled “Staging Sovereignty: Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) and Late Qing Court Art Production.” She is also conducting research on the Chinese porcelain industry in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the role it played in shaping modern connoisseurship of Chinese decorative art in Europe and the United States.

Dr. Peng’s courses on Chinese and East Asian art range from Buddhist art of Asia and art and material culture of China to thematic issues on gender in modern East Asian visual culture, contemporary Chinese art and early photography in East Asia.
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Summer 2020

  • ARTH-225 Buddhist Arts of Asia

Fall 2020

  • ARTH-225 Buddhist Arts of Asia

  • ARTH-496 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Body in Chinese Art 1900-Pres

Spring 2021

  • ARTH-225 Buddhist Arts of Asia

  • ARTH-423 East-West Photography