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Kristina Kleutghen is David W. Mesker Career Development Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University in 2010.

A specialist of Chinese art during the Ming and Qing dynasties, her research investigates painting and print culture, Sino-foreign interactions, the imperial court, decorative arts, and the art of science and mathematics. Her research has been supported by the Blakemore Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Getty Research Institute.

Her first book, Imperial Illusions: Crossing Pictorial Boundaries in the Qing Palaces, appeared January 2015 with University of Washington Press.

Currently in progress, her second monograph project, Lens onto the World: Optical Devices, Art, Science, and Society in China (under advance contract with University of Washington Press), examines the effects of domestically produced optical devices and art on vision, science, and society in China from the fifteenth through early twentieth centuries.

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