Michelle C Wang


Assistant Professor, Art History, Asian Art


Department of Art and Art History
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+1 202-687-3910


302 Walsh Bldg


Michelle C. Wang teaches courses in Asian art history. Her research specialization is Buddhist art in China, particularly during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE). Her book manuscript titled "Mandalas in the Making: The Visual Culture of Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang" examines Buddhist mandalas of the 8th-10th centuries at the Mogao Buddhist cave shrines in northwestern China. She is a co-organizer of the 2014-2015 Mellon Foundation-funded Sawyer Seminar "Critical Silk Road Studies" (silkroadseminar.georgetown.edu).

Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Professor Wang taught for two years at Louisiana State University. In 2006, she co-curated an exhibit of Han Dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE) small-scale animal sculptures titled “A Bronze Menagerie: Mat Weights of Early China” for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, and the Pittsburgh Foundation.


  • Ph.D. (2008) Harvard University, History of Art and Architecture
  • M.A. (1997) University of Kansas, Art History
  • B.A. (1994) University of Chicago, East Asian Languages and Civilizations


  • Chinese (speak, read)
  • French (read)
  • Japanese (read)