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" focuses upon esoteric Buddhist art at the Mogao Buddhist cave shrines in northwestern China and addresses mural paintings in conjunction with portable paintings and manuscripts from the same site in order to address aspects of religious praxis and visual culture that until now, have been more clearly understood in the Japanese and Tibetan contexts than in the Chinese context. 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)