Alice Tseng

Associate Professor, Japanese Art & Architecture

  • Title Associate Professor, Japanese Art & Architecture
  • Office 725 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 210C Boston, Massachusetts 02215
  • Phone (617) 353-1458
  • Education B.A., Columbia University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

Professor Tseng specializes in the art and architecture of Japan, with particular focus on the 19th and 20th centuries. Specific topics of research interest are the history of institutional buildings, collections, exhibitions, and transnational and transcultural connections between Japan and Euro-America. She offers lecture courses on the arts of Asia; the arts of Japan; and modern Japanese architecture; and seminar courses on Japanese print culture; the Edo-Meiji transition; Kyoto architecture and urbanism; and Tokyo as concept and form. Professor Tseng has received fellowships from numerous institutions and foundations, including the Fulbright Foundation, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art), J. Paul Getty Foundation, Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies, American Council of Learned Societies, and Boston University Center for the Humanities. She was the recipient of the 2006 Founder’s Award from the Society of Architectural Historians for her article “Styling Japan: The Case of Josiah Conder and the Museum at Ueno, Tokyo.” Professor Tseng is the author of The Imperial Museums of Japan: Architecture and the Art of the Nation (University of Washington Press, 2008), and she is the co-editor of Kyoto Visual Culture in the Early Edo and Meiji Periods: The Arts of Reinvention (Routledge, 2016). Her book on imperial commemorations and the architecture and urbanism of modern Kyoto is forthcoming.

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