Wen-Shing Chou specializes in art of China and the Himalayas. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of Chicago (2001), and a MA and PhD in History of Art from University of California, Berkeley (2011). Chou’s research focuses on the relationship between religion and empiricism in early modern visuality, and the intersection of history, geography, and biography in Buddhist traditions. Her first book, Mount Wutai: Visions of a Sacred Buddhist Mountain (Princeton University Press, 2018) examines the Inner Asian transformation of the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Mount Wutai in northern China during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Her current project explores the production of multilingual and multimedia objects at the Qing Court. Chou’s research has been supported by the Mellon Assistant Professor fellowship and membership of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Ittleson Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, and the Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies, Kyoto. Her articles have appeared in The Art Bulletin, the Journal of Asian Studies, the Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies, and the Archives of Asian Art.