Katheryn M. Linduff

In college I began as a mathematics major, something which I was good at and that fed my interest in problem solving. In my third year, I was required to take an introductory course in art history--I had a great teacher there who inspired me to switch majors and enter the world of art historical studies. This was during the period of the Vietnam War and I, as many of my contemporaries, did not even know where Vietnam was or why we as Americans were there. I decided at that time to take a course on Asia, and again I was hooked. From there I began to study the Chinese language and arts. Graduate school, research and study of Chinese art history in Taiwan, and a PhD in early Chinese art and archaeology followed.

Since completing my PhD, I have taught at state universities, believing that excellent public education is essential to a sane America. I teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in Chinese and Eurasian art and archaeology. My current research focuses on cultural diversity in ancient society, especially on the relationship between the early Chinese and other groups who lived at her borders and who were contributors to early Chinese culture. I travel to China and Eurasia each year for research and am currently running a project which is surveying and excavating in the northern frontier of China in southern Inner Mongolia. Click here for more information about it.

I teach classes which I hope will interest you in a part of the world which encompasses over half of the current world's population. For example, my Introduction to Asian Art course is designed to introduce the immense artistic accomplishments of China, Japan, India, and South East Asia. I have always felt privileged to study Asia and hope that during this course you learn will about Asian cultures, their values and visual expressions, and compare that to your own background and tradition. This is such a rich topic--I hope that you enjoy it.

In addition, you can visit course outlines for Introduction to Chinese Art; Introduction to Chinese Architecture; and Chinese Archaeology. The graduate program in early Chinese art history and archaeology (in the Anthropology Department) offers MA and PhD programs and opportunities for field work in China. For a list of graduate students in East Asian Art History and Archaeology and their MA/PhD topics, please click here.

(Partial, since 1985)
Present Address:
Frick Department of the History of Art and Architecture
128 Frick Fine Arts Building
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Tel. (412) 648-2409
Fax (412) 648-2792


1972 University of Pittsburgh, Department of Art History Ph.D. Major concentration: Early Chinese Art and Archaeology; Minor: Central Asian Art and Archaeology
1965 University of Pittsburgh, Department of Fine Arts; MA
1963 Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA; BA


1993 University Center for International Studies, Research Professor, University of Pittsburgh
1987 Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of the History of Art and Architecture; Professor, Department of Anthropology
1979-1987 Associate Professor with Tenure, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Fine Arts; 1986-Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
1972-1979 Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Fine Arts
1971-1972 Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Fine Arts
1969-1972 Instructor, University of Wisconsin, Department of Art History, Madison; Assistant Professor, 1971



Contemporary Chinese Societies, CD ROM (co-Chair, Evelyn Rawski), with China Studies Faculty, University of Pittsburgh) CD Rom, Columbia University Press, 2001, 2006.


Gender and Chinese Archaeology, Katheryn M. Linduff and Sun Yan, (eds.)  AltaMira Press, 2004; Bejing: Science Press, in press (in Chinese).

The Beginnings of Metallurgy from the Yenesei to the Yellow Rivers, Katheryn M. Linduff (ed.), Lewiston, Queenston, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2004.

Chifeng International Archaeological Research Project , Regional Settlement Survey in Eastern Inner Mongolia: A Methodological Exploration, Beijing: Science Press, 2003.

The Emergence of Metallurgy in China: Lewiston, Queenston, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2000.

Ancient Bronzes of the Eastern Eurasian Steppes: The Arthur M. Sackler Collection, Sackler/Freer Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, New York Abrams, 1997. (Emma C. Bunker, with Trudy Kawami, KML, Wu En)

Art Past/Art Present, Prentice-Hall & Abrams, (co-authors, David Wilkins, Bernard Schultz), 4th edition, 2001; 5th edition, 2004.

Western Chou Civilization, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988 (co-author, Cho-yun Hsu).

Tradition, Phase and Style in Shang and Chou Ritual Vessels, Garland Press, 1979.


"The Construction of Identity: Remaining Sogdian in China" with Jui-man Wu, submitted 2/2005.

"Women Memorialized in Burial at Anyang: Queens, Consorts, Wives, Mothers, Military Leaders, and Slaves", in Linduff and Sun, Gender and Chinese Archaeology, Chinese labguage edition, Beijing: Science Press, forthcoming.

"How Far East Does the Eurasian Metallurgical Tradition Extend?", Sovietskaya Archeologia, (in Russian), 2005.

"Early Metallurgical Traditions in Eurasia", Encyclopedia of the History of Science Technology and Medicine in Non-western Cultures, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, electronic format (, 2004.

 “Why Were Siberian Artifacts Found within the Borders of Ancient China?” in The Chicago Eurasian Archaeology Conference: Beyond the Steppe and The Sewn: Integrating Local and Global Visions, in Gocha Tsetskhladze, Colloquia Pontica, Leiden, Boston, Koln: Brill, 2005, pp367-374.

“Early Complex Societies in Northeast China: The Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Research Project”, Journal of Field Archaeology, 2004, pp45-73. (with R. D. Drennan, G. Shelach) (see

“Imaging the Horse in Early China,” in Sandi Olsen, Human-Horse Relations: Festschrift in Honor of Mary Littauer, Carnegie Institute Museum of Natural History, Oxford: Oxbow Books. (forthcoming)

“Many Wives, One Queen in Shang China”, The World of Queens, Sarah M. Nelson, (ed.), Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, pp. 59-76.

“At the Eastern Edge: Metallurgy and Adaptation in Gansu (PRC) in the Second Millennium BCE”, in Karlene Jones-Bley and D. G. Zdanovich, Complex Societies of Central Eurasia from the 3rd to the 1st Millennium BC: Regional Specifics in Light of Global Models, vol. 2, Journal of Indo-European Studies, Monograph Series 46, Institute of Man, Washington, D. C., 2002, pp. 595-611.

Demystifying Artifacts From Eastern Eurasia: Archaeology and the Study of Art History,” Orientations, October 2002, pp. 69-75.

“Women’s Lives Memorialized in Burial in Ancient China at Anyang,” In Pursuit of Gender, Worldwide Archaeological Perspectives, Sarah M. Nelson and Miriam Rosen-Ayalon  (eds.), Rowen & Wakefield Publishers Inc., AltaMira Press, 2002, pp. 257-287.

“A Walk on the Wild Side: Horses and Horse Gear in Shang China”, Late Prehistoric Exploitation of the Eurasian Steppe, Colin Renfrew (ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002, pp. 139-162.

 “Art and Identity: The Chinese and Her Significant Others,” The Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (ed.), Papers of the International Symposium on the Shang Culture in Ancient China, Beijing: The Encyclopedia of China Publishing House, 1998, pp. 323-333.

"The Emergence and Demise of Bronze-using Cultures Outside the Central Plain in Ancient China," in The Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Peoples of Eastern Central Asia, by Victor Mair (ed.), Washington, DC: The Journal of Indo-European Studies/The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Monograph Series, 1998.

"Here Today and Gone Tomorrow: Bronze-using Cultures Outside the Central Plain," Bulletin of the Institute of History and Philology, Nankang, Taipei: Academia Sinica, 1997, pp. 393-428.

"Art and Identity: The Chinese and Their 'Significant Others' in the Shang," Cultural Contact, History and Ethnicity in Inner Asia, Michael Gervers and Schlepp (eds.), Toronto Studies in Central and Inner Asia, Joint Centre for Asia Pacific Studies, Toronto, 1996, pp. 12-48.

“Zhukaigou,”Encyclopedia of Archaeology, London: Oxford University Press, 1996.

“The Rise of Chinese Civilization: A Multi-cultural Affair,” I shu hsüeh (Study of the Arts), T’aipei: I-shu chia ch’u-pan-she, 1995, no. 3, pp. 7-36. (in Chinese)

"Zhukaigou, The Steppe, and Early Chinese Civilization," Antiquity, March, 1995, pp. 133-145.

“Reconstructing Shang Identity at Anyang,” in Zhongguo Shang wenhua, Institute of Archaeology Chinese Academy of Social Science, Beijing, 1995, pp. 251-275.  (in Chinese)

"The Many Worlds of China: Recent Archaeological Recovery and the Study of Chinese Art History,"  Journal of the Ancient Korean Historical Society, vol. 5, 1994, pp. 405-441.

"The Tomb of Lady Fu Hao at Anyang, Honan", "The Tomb of Lady Tai at Ma-wang-tui, Hunan", "The Tomb of Ch'in Emperor Huang-ti", for The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Humankind, Syndey: Weldon Owen, 1994.

"Indonesia and her Relations with the Mainland: Client, Colony or Trade Partner?" in The Bronze Drum            Cultures in South China and Southeast Asia, Nanning: Guangxi Publishing House, 1993. pp. 180-192 (in Chinese)

"Sanxingdui; a New Bronze Age Site in Southwest China", Antiquity, Fall, 1990. (with Yan Ge).

"Discussions on the Indonesian Metal Period", Southern Ethnology and Archaeology, vol. 3., 1990., pp. 1-14. (in Chinese)

"Interpreting Visual Images: Their Social and Religious Significance in Ancient China," in World Art: Themes of Unity in Diversity: Acts of the XXVIth International Congress of the History of Art, Irving Lavin, ed., The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1989.

"The Impact of Sino-American Educational Exchanges: The Fulbright Program and the Study of Chinese Art", Proceedings of the Conference on Chinese and American Cultural and Educational Relations, 1947-1987, Washington, DC, 1989.

"The Tradition of Art Historical Study of Chinese Art in The United States", Meishu (Chinese Journal of Art History), May, 1989 (in Chinese)

"Duke Tan Fu Came in the Morning", Oriental Art, Summer, 1988

"Epona, A Celt Among the Romans", Latomus, Fall, 1979

"The Incidence of Lead in Late Shang and early Chou Ritual Vessels", Expedition, Spring, 1977 

Work in Progress:

Regional Lifeways and Cultural Remains in the Northern Corridor: A Cooperative Project among the University of Pittsburgh, Jilin University, The Hebrew University, Inner Mongolia Institute of Archaeology--Regional Surface Survey and excavation in Inner Mongolia, near Chifeng, Aohan Qi. For more details on this project, see

Through the Looking Glass: Visualizing Place and Otherrs in China, A book-length project: including sections on "Barbarians in Antiquity"; The Construction of Identity in the Pre-Tang; Remaining Sogdian in China; Self-definition, the Wenji scrolls and the Song.

Gender and Eurasian Archeology (with Karen Runbinson), an edited text.

Pedagogical Research:

Contemporary Chinese Societies, co-chair (University of Pittsburgh, Asian Studies Program) (1995-present); co-operative project to write and produce a six-part interactive CD-ROM on Contemporary China, funded by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, Luce Foundation, 2001.
Introduction to Asian Art (History of Art and Architecture 0020) ( electronic syllabus (1996-present)
The Arts of China (History of Art and Architecture 0620) ( electronic syllabus (1997)
Chinese Archaeology (History of Art and Architecture 1650/ANTHRO 1524) (web-site under construction) (1999)
Haskins Slide Collection of Steppe Artifacts ( data-base (1996-1997)

Fellowships and Awards (recent):

2001-2005 NSF award for Chifeng International Archaeological Research Project
2001-2003 Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Grant, for Regional Lifeways and Cultural Remains in the Northern Corridor:
A Cooperative Project among the University of Pittsburgh, Jilin University, The Hebrew University,
Inner Mongolia Institute of Archaeology

2001 Innovation in Education Awards Program, ìHistory, Literature, and Art in Japan, (with A. Janetta [History], T. Rimer [East Asian     Languages      Literatures])
2000 Hewlett Grant for translation for Metallurgy in Eastern Eurasia from the Yenesei to the Yellow River
1999 UCIS Small Grant for equipment for Survey in Inner Mongolia
1999 Richard and Mary Beth Edwards Fund for publication ofThe Emergence of Metallurgy in China:
Lewiston, Queenston, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2000.
1997-2000 Chiang Ching-Kuo Grant for Survey in Inner Mongolia
1997/8 Central Research and Development Fund, University of Pittsburgh UCIS Small Grant, University of Pittsburgh
1995/6 Chiang Ching-Kuo Fellowship, for research on The Emergence of Metallurgy in China:
Lewiston, Queenston, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2000.
1994 Senior Research Fellow, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh
1993 FAS Faculty Research Grant
1992 China Studies Grant, Travel Grant to Inner Mongolia
1991 China Studies Grant, Travel Grant to PRC
1988 American Council of Learned Societies, Travel Grant to PRC
University Research Council, Travel Grant to Indonesia
Comparative Civilizations Program Grant, Exxon Corporation Research and Development Fund
1982-84 National Endowment for the Humanities, Basic Research Grant, forWestern Chou Civilization

Professional Service:

 Carnegie InstituteóMuseum of Art, Exhibitions and Public Response Committee (2001-2003)

 American Institute of Archaeology: Foreign Advisory Members Committee (2000-2002)

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