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Meet the Faculty

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Kristen Chiem

Associate Professor of Art History

Division: Fine Arts Division
Office: Cultural Arts Center (CAC) 206
Phone: (310) 506-4090
E-mail: Kristen.Chiem@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D. in Art History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011
  • M.A. in Regional Studies, East Asia, Harvard University, 2003
  • B.A. in International Studies, Middlebury College, 2000


  • Why Art? (First Year Seminar), GSFA 199
  • World Art History I, ARTH 200
  • World Art History II, ARTH 300
  • Korean Art, ARTH 448
  • Chinese Art, ARTH 446
  • Methodological Approaches to Art History, ARTH 390
  • Senior Thesis, ARTH 490

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Pilot Course Grant, 2015-2017
  • Smarthistory at Khan Academy Travel Fellowship, funded by Andrew A. Mellon Foundation, 2016
  • Seaver Research Council, Research Grant, 2015-2016
  • Fine Arts Division Endowed Fellow, Pepperdine University, 2013-2014 & 2014-2015
  • Dean's Research Grant, Pepperdine University, 2012
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program, Pepperdine University, 2012 & 2014
  • Lenart Internship, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Summer 2008
  • Edward A. Dickson History of Art Fellowship, UCLA, 2007-2008
  • Fulbright-IIE Fellowship, Taipei, Taiwan, 2006-2007
  • Edward A. Dickson History of Art Fellowship, UCLA, 2005-2006
  • UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship, Summer 2005
  • Title VI National Resource Fellowship, Classical Chinese Language Level V, Summer 2004
  • Andrew Mellon Fellowship, 2003-2004
  • Institute of Connoisseurship in Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Fellowship, Washington D.C., sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation, Summer 2003
  • Title VI National Resource Fellowship, Japanese Language Level II, Summer 2002
  • International Studies Award, Middlebury College, Spring 2000

Academic Interests:

  • Chinese garden imagery and visual culture
  • Early modern Chinese painting

Selected Works:

  • Kristen Chiem and Lara Blanchard, eds. Gender, Continuity, and the Shaping of Modernity in the Arts of East Asia, 16th-20th Centuries, edited anthology (Brill, forthcoming 2017).
  • Kristen Chiem, "Beauty under the Willow Tree: Picturing Virtuous Women in Nineteenth-Century China," in Gender, Continuity, and the Shaping of Modernity in the Arts of East Asia, 16th-20th Centuries, edited by Lara C.W. Blanchard and Kristen L Chiem (Brill, forthcoming 2017).
  • Kristen Chiem, "Painting, Peonies, and Ming Loyalism in Qing Dynasty China, 1644-1795," Archives of Asian Art 67, no.1 (2017): 83-109.
  • Kristen Chiem, "Reconsidering Gender Realms: The Garden as Site and Setting in Late Imperial Shanghai," in Women, Gender, and Art in Asia, 1600-1900, edited by Melia Belli Bose (Oxon and New York: Routledge Press, 2016): 297-321.
  • Aditi Chandra; Leda Cempellim; Kristen Chiem; Abigail Lapin Dardashti; Radha J. Dalal; Ellen Kenney; Sadia Pasha Kamran; Nina Murayama; and James P. Elkins, "Looking Beyond the Canon: Localized and Globalized Perspectives in Art History Pedagogy," Art History Pedagogy & Practice 1, no. 1 (December 2016): 1-48. http://academicworks.cuny.edu/ahpp/vol1/iss1/2
  • Kristen Chiem and Cynthia S. Colburn, "Global Foundations for a World Art History," Visual Resources 31, no. 3-4 (2015): 177-199.
  • Chiem, Kristen. "Picturing Common Ground: Art beyond Eighteenth-Century Yangzhou," Artibus Asiae 73.1 (2013), 181-218.
  • Wu Hung and Peggy Wang. Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2010. Translation.
  • Lin, Lina. "From Sitting on Mats to Sitting on Furniture: The Evolution of Chinese Furniture from the Han and Tang Periods through the Five Dynasties." Bulletin of the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong 15 (2007-2012): 30-40. Translation.
  • Kristen E. Loring, "Illustrious Icons and Flower Garlands: Defining Buddhist Imagery in Eighteenth-Century Yangzhou Painting." In The Lifestyle and Entertainment in Yangzhou, edited by Vibeke Børdahl and Lucie Olivova. Copenhagen: The Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press, 2008.