Michelle C. Wang is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Georgetown University. As a specialist in medieval Chinese art, her publications have addressed Buddhist maṇḍalas, Dunhuang painting, and Silk Road material culture. Her first book, Maṇḍalas in the Making: The Visual Culture of Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang addresses the Maṇḍala of Eight Great Bodhisattvas (an iconographic template in which a central Buddha is flanked by eight attendants) during the Tibetan (786–848) and Guiyijun (848–1036) periods at Dunhuang, and examines it in light of the religious and artistic dialogue between Chinese and Tibetan communities at Dunhuang. Her current book project examines Buddhist sculpture and materiality.
Department: Department of Art and Art History
Role(s): Central Steering Committee, Co-investigator