Ph.D., University of Chicago
M.A., University of Chicago
M.A. Peking University
B.A., Peking University
Areas of Focus:
Chinese art, archaeology, and material culture
Jie Shi specializes in Chinese art, archaeology, and material culture, with an emphasis on the early and medieval period. Drawing on phenomenology and critical theories, his interdisciplinary research closely examines the forms and contents of Chinese art (including painting, sculpture, and decorated objects) and architecture (including cities, palaces, temples, and tombs) in relation to ancient and medieval Chinese lived experience, social institutions, power structure, political thought, and ritual practice. He also studies interactions between Chinese art and its Eurasian, South Asian, and Western counterparts. His articles appeared in such refereed journals as the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, T’oung Pao, Early China, Journal of American Oriental Society, and Monumenta Serica. His book manuscript (under contract), titled Modeling Peace: Royal Tombs and Political Wisdom in Early China, explores the political and philosophical agendas in early Chinese royal tombs, which were among the most spectacular material and artistic remains from the early Chinese civilization. His next projects include one that focuses on the multilayer relationship between the visual and the verbal in ancient China. He has been a recipient of a number of academic prizes, fellowships, and grants.
At Bryn Mawr, he teaches not only introductory courses in Chinese art and visual culture but also more advanced undergraduate lectures and graduate seminars on Chinese religious art and architecture, decorated objects, word and image, and art of the Silk Road.