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Michelle Wang

Department of Art and Art History


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Michelle C. Wang is a specialist in the Buddhist and silk road art of northwestern China, primarily of the sixth to tenth centuries. Wang teaches courses in Asian art history from the premodern to modern eras in the Department of Art and Art History at Georgetown University and is teaching a spring 2021 class supported through the Berkley Center's Doyle Seminars project. Her book Mandalas in the Making: The Visual Culture of Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang (2018) examines Buddhist mandalas of the eighth to tenth centuries at the Mogao Buddhist cave shrines in northwestern China. In addition to her research on mandalas, she has also written about art and ritual, miracle tales of animated statues, the transcultural reception of Buddhist motifs, and text and image. She is a participant in Asia Art Archive in America’s Leadership Camp “Other Racisms,” which addresses discourses of race and racisms within and between Asian and Asian diaspora groups.

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