Kristen Chiem

Assistant professor of art history, Seaver College

  • B.A. in international studies from Middlebury College; M.A. in regional studies (East Asia) from Harvard University; and Ph.D. in art history from UCLA
  • Chiem is fluent in Mandarin, and can read classical Chinese, Japanese, and French
  • She fell in love with Chinese art during an undergraduate Chinese language class. "Much to my surprise, my Chinese professor was an art enthusiast who had amassed an outstanding collection of contemporary Chinese paintings. I had never seen anything like them and I realized that there was a whole world of experiences ahead of me," she says.
  • Chiem studied abroad in China and now travels to Asia frequently for research. "I love sharing my passion for languages, art, and culture with my students," she enthuses.
Kristen Chiem