Professor of East Asian Art
Penn Museum Curator of Chinese Art
Areas of Interest
Nancy Steinhardt is Professor of East Asian Art, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Curator of Chinese Art at the Penn Museum. She received her PhD. at Harvard in 1981 and was a Junior Fellow at Harvard from 1978-81. Steinhardt taught at Bryn Mawr from 1981-1982 before coming to Penn in 1982. Her research focuses on the art, architecture, and archaeology of China, Korea, and Japan from the 2nd through the 14th centuries; she has done fieldwork in all three countries. Steinhardt is particularly interested in how Chinese art is borrowed, adopted, adapted, and reinterpreted at China's borders. Her current research projects are "The Borders of Chinese Architecture" and "Chinese Architecture under Mongolian Rule."
Steinhardt, Nancy, editor, with Xinian Fu, author, and Alexandra Harrer, translator. 2017. Chinese Architecture: Twelve Lectures. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Steinhardt, Nancy. 2015. China’s Early Mosques. Edinburgh University Press.
Steinhardt, Nancy.2014. Chinese Architecture in an Age of Turmoil, 200-600. University of Hawaiʻi Press.
Steinhardt, Nancy, Jeffrey W. Cody, and Tony Atkin, eds. 2011. Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts. University of Hawaiʻi Press.