Jun Hu


Ph.D., 2014

Jun is assistant professor in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University, where he teaches courses in East Asian art history. His current research interest is the religious art and architecture of East Asia, particularly of the early medieval period.  His dissertation, titled “Embracing the Circle: Domical Architecture in East Asia (c. 200–750 CE),” is the first in-depth study of the subject in any language. Through three discrete and yet related case studies, which range from Buddhist cave temples in Dunhuang, northwest China to timber buildings in Nara, Japan, it brings into sharp focus the changing expressions of religious impulse as reflected in the construction of domical spaces in China and Japan.

Prior to his studies at Princeton, Jun received an M.A. in Sinology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he developed an interest in print culture.  His next project, tentatively titled "Impressions of Modernity and the Rhetoric of Style," explores the role of mechanical replication in the development of painting practice and theory in 17th-century China and Japan.