• Petya Andreeva

    Assistant Professor of Asian Art and Design History


    Petya Andreeva received her Ph.D from the East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department at the University of Pennsylvania in 2018. She is currently working on her upcoming book entitled Conpcetualizing Composites: Animal Style as Visual Rhetoric in North China and Central Eurasia. Her book is based on her dissertation, Fantastic Beasts of the Eurasian Steppes: Toward a Revisionist Approach to Animal-Style Art, which received interntional recognition in the Best Humanities Dissertation category in 2018. Her work has appeared in journals such as Archaeological Research in Asia, Sino-Platonic Papers, National Museum of Korea Press, and the edited volume Fashion through History: Costumes, Symbols and Communication. Professor Andreeva has broad research interests which span from early Chinese funerary art to modern-day textile production in Mongolia and Inner Asia. She is particularly interested in the intersection between material culture, neuroaesthetics, and collective memory in non-sedentary communities along the borders of sedentary empires. Dr. Andreeva was previously appointed Assistant Professor of Asian Art in Oakland University, Michigan. 

    Degrees Held:

    Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

    BA, Colby College

    Research Interests:

    Early Chinese art, Inner Asian archaeology, Silk Road Visual Narratives, Modern and Contemporary Art in Central Asia, Soviet Visual Culture

    Awards And Honors:


    International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS): Best Dissertation in the Humanities, Specialist Accolade

    National Museum of Korea Museum Network Award

    Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, Dissertation Research Award

    National Museum of Korea Summer Fellowship

    Archaeology Field Fund, University of Pennsylvania Museum 

    Pnnefield Fellowship for Dissertation Research, University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees

    Josephine DeKarman Fellowship (deferred due to acceptance of job offer)