Allison Miller

Notable Achievements

Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller published the chapter “The Han Hybrid Style: Sculpting an Imperial Utopia” in Dialogue with the Ancients: 100 Bronzes of the Shang, Zhou, and Han Dynasties: The Shen Zhai Collection, edited by Patrick K.M. Kwok. Other contributors to the catalogue include Tianlong Jiao (Denver Art Museum), Wang Tao (Art Institute of Chicago), Eugene Y. Wang (Harvard University), Li Feng (Columbia University), and Sarah Wong (Eskenazi Limited).

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Expertise

East Asian Art History; Art and Archaeology of Early China

Allison R. Miller is an associate 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.

Miller received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2011 and her A.B. from the University of Chicago in 2003.

  • Allison R. Miller is an associate 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.

    Miller received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2011 and her A.B. from the University of Chicago in 2003.

  • Books

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

    Journal Articles

    “Jade, Imperial Identity, and Sumptuary Reform in Jia Yi’s Xin Shu.” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 15.1 (2016): 103-121.

    “Emperor Wen’s ‘Baling’ Mountain Tomb: Innovation in Political Rhetoric and Necropolis Design in Early China.” Asia Major (Third Series) 28.2 (2015): 1-37.

    Reviews

    Liu Yang, ed. Beyond the First Emperor’s Mausoleum: New Perspectives on Qin Art (Minneapolis: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2014). CAAreviews.org (forthcoming, September 2017).

    Dusenbury, Mary M., ed. Color in Ancient and Medieval East Asia (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015). Journal of the American Oriental Society 137.1 (2017): 140-142.


In the News

  • The Terracotta Army
    Associate Professor Allison Miller Discusses Theft of Ancient Terracotta Army Statue

    Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller speaks with CGTN America on the theft of part of an ancient terracotta army statue worth millions.