Dorothy C. Wong

B.A., International Christian University, Tokyo
M. Phil., Chinese University of Hong Kong
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1995

Associate Professor

Dorothy Wong received her Ph.D. in the History of Art, with a specialization in Chinese Art, from Harvard University. Specializing in Buddhist art of medieval China, Dorothy Wong's research addresses topics of art in relation to religion and society, and of the relationship between religious texts/doctrine and visual representations. In addition to Chinese Steles: Pre-Buddhist and Buddhist Use of a Symbolic Form (2004; Chinese edition 2011) and Horyuji Reconsidered (editor and contributing author, 2008), she has published articles that range in topics from pilgrims' maps to devotional arts, deity cults, patronage issues, cults of saints in Asian traditions and images of Buddhist cosmographies. She is currently editing a volume of essays resulting from the international conference that she organized in 2010: Cultural Crossings: China and Beyond in the Medieval Period (co-editor; Gustav Heldt). In addition, she is completing a book-length manuscript on the formation of an international Buddhist art style in East Asia in the seventh and eighth centuries. As a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia, she is working on a digital project entitled: "Power of Compassion: Paths of Transmission of Avalokitesvara" (

Before coming to the University of Virginia, Dorothy Wong taught at Florida State University from 1995 to 1997. As Visiting Professor, she has taught at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (spring 2006), at the Eötövs Loránd University, Budapest (May 2007), and at the Centre of Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong Kong (December 2008). A former editor of the Asian art magazine Orientations, she currently serves on the editorial boards of Early Medieval China and Buddhist Art of China. She is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre of Asian Studies, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, at the University of Hong Kong. In addition, she has received fellowships from the American Association of University Women, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, the Whiting Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Humanities Center.

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