Last week American University Art History Program director Helen Langa announced the selection of a new Assistant Professor. After an extensive national search, Ms. Ying-chen Peng has accepted the position of Assistant Professor in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art History and will begin teaching in the fall of 2014.
Ms. Peng is an ABD candidate at UCLA. She will complete her dissertation this spring. Her study is titled “Staging Agency: Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) and the Late Qing Court Art Production.” This work examines the ways that the Empress Dowager Cixi constructed her public and private identities through the patronage of different art mediums, using social history, visual culture, and discourses of literature and theatrics.
Ms. Peng has published several articles in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals on Asian Art, and is currently a fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In the past she has served as Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Art History, UCLA, and Curator Assistant at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan. She studied at UCLA and Taiwan University.
Next fall (2014) she will teach two courses: Arts and Material Culture of China and Women in East Asian Visual Culture. In spring 2015 she will teach Buddhist Arts of Asia and Modern and Contemporary Asian Art and Architecture
We look forward to welcoming Prof. Ying-chen Peng to AU and the Art History Program next fall!