Alice Y. Tseng

Department Chair, Professor; Japanese Art & Architecture

  • Title Department Chair,
    Professor; Japanese Art & Architecture
  • Office 725 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 210C
  • 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; transnational and transcultural connections between Japan and Euro-America; and the role of the visual arts in cultural transformation, invention, and revival.

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. Professor Tseng is the author of The Imperial Museums of Japan: Architecture and the Art of the Nation (University of Washington Press, 2008), Kyoto Visual Culture in the Early Edo and Meiji Periods: The Arts of Reinvention (co-edited with M. Pitelka, Routledge, 2016), and Modern Kyoto: Building for Ceremony and Commemoration, 1868-1940 (University of Hawai`i Press, 2018). She is a co-curator of the online exhibition Asia at the World’s Fairs ( Her current research examines the visual and spatial representations of Japan’s modern emperors. 

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