Allison R. Miller

Notable Achievements

Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller gave an invited lecture titled “Terracotta Warriors after the First Emperor: Re-Evaluating the Qin Legacy in the Han” on May 5 at the Greenburgh Public Library in Elmsford, NY. The lecture was sponsored by the Westchester Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and the New York University Alumni Club of Westchester.

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East Asian Art History

Allison R. Miller is Associate Professor of Art History at Southwestern University. Her research focuses on Chinese art and archaeology. Miller received her Ph.D. in 2011 from Harvard University  and her A.B. in 2003 from the University of Chicago. Her research has been supported by Harvard’s Asia and Fairbank Centers and the Fulbright Foundation. For the 2018-2019 academic year, she is on leave at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), New York University.

  • Allison R. Miller is Associate Professor of Art History at Southwestern University. Her research focuses on Chinese art and archaeology. Miller received her Ph.D. in 2011 from Harvard University  and her A.B. in 2003 from the University of Chicago. Her research has been supported by Harvard’s Asia and Fairbank Centers and the Fulbright Foundation. For the 2018-2019 academic year, she is on leave at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), New York University.

  • Books

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

    Chapters in Edited Volumes

    “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, 84-97. Singapore: Select Books, 2018.

    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.

  • Invited lectures

    • “Terracotta Warriors after the First Emperor: Re-evaluating the Qin Legacy in the Han.” New Brunswick Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, Fredericton, Canada, April 6, 2018. 
    • “Terracotta Warriors after the First Emperor: Re-evaluating the Qin Legacy in the Han.” Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, April 5, 2018. Sponsored by the Departments of Modern Languages and Classics, History, and Asian Studies.
    • “Terracotta Warriors after the First Emperor: Re-evaluating the Qin Legacy in the Han.” University of Richmond, Virginia. Richmond Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, February 1, 2018.
    • “Purple in Ancient China: New Reflections on its Sources and Status.” China Studies Seminar, Center for East Asian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, November 10, 2017.
    • “Terracotta Warriors after the First Emperor: Re-evaluating the Qin Legacy in the Han.” Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California, October 15, 2017. Sponsored by the Orange County chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.
    • “Terracotta Warriors after the First Emperor: Re-evaluating the Qin Legacy in the Han.”University of Colorado—Boulder. Sponsored by the Boulder chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Museum of Natural History at the University of Colorado-Boulder., October 5, 2017.
    • “Emperor Jing’s Yangling: A New Model for the Han Imperium.” Age of Empires: Comparisons and Interactions between East and West in Antiquity, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, in conjunction with the exhibition Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.-A.D. 220), April 9, 2017.
    • “Emperor Jing’s Yangling Mausoleum and the Terracotta Warriors of the Han.” Representations Lecture Series, Southwestern University, March 29, 2017.
    • “Beyond the Five Colors: Re-considering Purple and its Sources in Ancient China.” Early China Seminar Lecture Series, Columbia University, February 17, 2017.
    • “In the Shadow of the Qin: Conceptual Art in the Han.” Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, January 15, 2015.
    • “The Disappearing Armies of the Han: Royal Terracotta Warrior Pits and Western Han Burial Culture.” Empire, Ethics, and Tradition: An International Conference on the Han Dynasty at the University of Pittsburgh, May 24, 2014.
    • “From Splendor to Revolt: Royal Intrigue and the Terracotta Works of Early Han China.” San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, TX, April 16, 2013.
    • “Rewriting China’s Artistic Past: Exploring the Royal Tomb Treasures of Han China.” Annual Southwestern University Friends of Fine Arts Lecture, Southwestern University, November 8, 2012.
    • “Unaltered Landscapes: Monuments and Political Rhetoric in Early Imperial China.” Center for East Asian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin. Austin, TX, April 20, 2012.
    • “分析西汉 ‘因山为陵’ 葬制的出现, 发展, 和衰落 [An Analysis of the Emergence, Development and Decline of the Western Han Mountain Tomb Burial System].” International Forum on the Study of Chinese Bamboo and Silk Manuscripts. Wuhan, Hubei, June 29-July 4, 2009. Organized by the Creel Center for Chinese Paleography at the University of Chicago and the Centre for the Study of Bamboo and Silk Manuscripts at Wuhan University.

     

    Conference Presentations

    • “Purple Pigments and Dyes in Han China,” The Eighth Worldwide Conference of the Society for East Asian Archaeology. Nanjing University, Nanjing, June 10, 2018.
    • “The Status of the Mural in Early Han Art: Reflections on the Shi Yuan Tomb.” The Second Conference of the European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology. University of Zurich, Switzerland, August 24, 2017.
    • “Jade Suits and Royal Power: Illuminating Artistic Production in the Regional Centers of the Western Han.” Society for East Asian Archaeology Seventh Worldwide Conference. Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, June 10, 2016.
    • “Synthetic Purple in Early Han Royal Court Painting.” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting. Seattle, Washington, April 2, 2016. 
    • “Architecture in Archaeology: The Logic of Spatial Design in Elite Tombs of the Early Chinese Empire.” Society for East Asian Archaeology Fifth Worldwide Conference. Fukuoka, Japan, June 7, 2012.
    • “Monumental Rock-Cut Tombs and Political Self-Fashioning in Han China.” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada, March 16, 2012.
    • “Gifting, Identity, and Burial in Early China: A Re-assessment of the Social and Political Context of Early Funerary Art and Architecture.” Southwest Conference on Asian Studies. Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, October 1, 2011.
    • “西汉‘因山为陵’墓葬制度的出现和初步研究 [Preliminary Research on the Emergence of the Rock-cut Mountain Tomb Funerary System in the Western Han].” Twelfth Biennial International Meeting of the Chinese Association for Qin and Han History, Yongcheng, Henan, August 15-18, 2009.
    • “唐慶山寺舍利寶帳──對透明雕刻法的考察 [The Tang Qingshan Si Reliquary—An Investigation of its Technique of Carving Transparency].” The Fifth International Junior Scholars’ Conference on Sinology: Sinological Research on Performing and Visual Arts. Taipei, Taiwan, Nov. 18-21, 2006. Organized by Fu Ren Catholic University.

In the News

  • 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.