Art & Art History

Allison Miller

Assistant Professor of Art History

Areas of expertise

East Asian Art History; Art and Archaeology of Early China

Allison R. Miller is an assistant professor of Asian art history at Southwestern University, specializing in the art and archaeology of early China. Her research focuses on ritual architecture, court art (early Chinese jades, terracotta figurines), gifting and patronage, ornament, and early aesthetic theory. Miller offers broad surveys of East Asian art and architecture in addition to specialized courses on a diverse range of topics including: landscape art, contemporary art and architecture, and ancient Chinese civilization. Her work as been supported by fellowships and grants from the Fulbright Foundation and the Fairbank and Asia Centers at Harvard University, among others.


A.B. 2003, University of Chicago
Ph.D. 2011, Harvard University

Teaching Philosophy

Previous Courses

  • Introduction to East Asian Art and Architecture
  • Ancient Chinese Art and Civilization
  • Landscape in Chinese Art
  • Art in China Since 1911
  • Realism Reconsidered (Capstone Research Seminar)

Professional Work

'Tombs and Treasures' from Southwestern's Newsroom



"Emperor Wen's ‘Baling' Mountain Tomb: Innovation in Political Rhetoric and Necropolis Design in Early China," Asia Major 28.2 (2015): 1-37.

"Jade, Imperial Identity, and Sumptuary Reform in Jia Yi's Xin Shu." Dao: a Journal of Comparative Philosophy (2016). (forthcoming)

Kingly Splendor: Materiality and Royal Art in Han China (in preparation).