Assistant Professor of Art History & Asian American Studies
PhD, University of Heidelberg
Yan Geng is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History and the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute. She received her B.A. in history from Peking University in China and M.A in art history from Northwestern University in Chicago, and completed her Ph.D. study in East Asian Art History at Heidelberg University in Germany in 2012. Her research focus is on modern and contemporary Chinese art, with particular emphasis on political discourse and transcultural studies.
Currently, Yan Geng is completing her book manuscript on the representation of Mao Zedong in the early People’s Republic of China, a study that examines the turbulent careers of modern Chinese artists and their diverse responses to the historical transition to the communist period. Her next research project concerns liminal space, urban architecture, and politics in modern China.