Professor of Art History
Wen-Shing Chou specializes in art of China and the Himalayas. Her research focuses on representations of religious vision, the relationship between religion and empiricism in early modern visuality, and the intersection of sacred biography and cartography in Buddhist traditions. She is currently completing a book on the transcultural pilgrimage site of Wutai Shan in northern China during the Qing-dynasty. Chou's research has been supported by the Ittleson Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, and a research grant from the Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies, Kyoto. Her articles have appeared in The Art Bulletin, the Journal of Asian Studies, and the Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies. Chou's most recent work will appear in the forthcoming issue of the Archives of Asian Art. She is on-leave as a Mellon Assistant Professor fellow and member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, during the 2015-16 academic year.