Areas of 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.


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

Previous Courses

UST05-014 Confucius Says: The Moral Life Examined

ARH71-024 Introduction to Art History-East Asia

ARH71-204 East Asian Art & Architecture

ARH71-234 Ancient Chinese Art and Civilization

ARH71-254 Landscape and Environment in Chinese Art

ARH71-284 Art in China since 1911

ARH71-804 Realism Reconsidered: A Capstone Research Seminar

ARH71-814 Theory & Methods of Art History



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.


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