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Christine I. Ho

Assistant Professor | East Asian Art

Christine I. Ho

(413) 545-8712

South College W309

Ph.D., Stanford, 2014

Christine I. Ho, assistant professor of East Asian Art, received her BA from Wellesley College and PhD in art history from Stanford University.  She specializes in late imperial, modern, and contemporary Chinese art.  Her research focuses on ink painting, aesthetics and politics, global socialist visual culture, and the postsocialist legacy.  Additional teaching and research interests include histories of landscape and environment, transnational art movements, public art, and design cultures.

Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, Henry Luce Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation.  Her book, Drawing From Life: Socialist Realism and Socialist Painting in the People's Republic of China, is forthcoming from University of California Press.  She is currently working on a monograph, titled Collective Brushwork, on the history, theory, and practice of collective art production spanning wartime China, the Maoist era, and the Reform period.

Research Areas

  • Chinese art and visual culture
  • Modern Asian art
  • Modern and contemporary Chinese art


"The People Eat For Free and the Art of Collective Production in Maoist China,” The Art Bulletin 98, no. 3 (2016): 343-372. 
Awarded the College Art Association's Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize, 2017

"Writing national art history under the aegis of socialist internationalism: Hu Man and his History of Chinese Art," in Crossing Continents, ed. Geraldine Johnson. (forthcoming)


Courses Recently Taught

  • ART-HIST 190B Art and Visual Culture of East Asia
  • ART-HIST 354/654 Art of Buddhism
  • ART-HIST 355/655 Chinese Painting: Landscape and Environment
  • ART-HIST 383/673 Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art
  • ART-HIST 791G Graduate Seminar: Aesthetic Revolutions in Modern Chinese Art