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  • Petya Andreeva

    Assistant Professor of Asian Art and Design History


    Office Location
    L - Sheila C. Johnson Design Center - 2 West 13th Street

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    Petya Andreeva


    Petya Andreeva received her Ph.D from the East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department at the University of Pennsylvania. 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 international recognition in the Best Humanities Dissertation category at International Convention for Asia Scholars in 2018. Her work has appeared in journals such as Orientations, 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 the display of portable luxury and collective memory in non-sedentary communities along the borders of sedentary empires as well as the diffusion paths of ornament in the ancient world. Dr. Andreeva was previously appointed as Assistant Professor of Asian Art at Oakland University, Michigan.

    Degrees Held

    Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

    BA, Colby College

    Professional Affiliation

    College Art Association (CAA)

    Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

    Association for Slavic, East Eurooean and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)

    Early China Roundtable 

    Recent Publications

    • “Animal Style at the Penn Museum: Rethinking Portable Steppe Art and Its Visual Tropes”. Orientations 51.4 (2020)
    • Andreeva, Petya V, and Atwood, Christopher P. “Camp and Audience Scenes in late Iron Age Rock Drawings from Khawtsgait, Mongolia.” Archaeological Research in Asia (2017).
    •  “Redefining Edo Female Identity through Iki Aesthetics in Undergarment Textiles”, In Fashion Through History, ed. Antonello Biagini (Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2017)
    • “From Xu Bing to Shu Yong: Linguistic Phenomena in Chinese Installation Art”. Sino-Platonic Papers (2015)
    • "Fantastic Beasts of the Eurasian Steppe: Toward a Revisionist Approach to Animal-Style Art" (PhD. Dissertation, 2018)

    Recently submitted / in progress:

    • “Stories Antlers Tell: The Making of Visual Language in Central Eurasia”. 
    • Some Notes on Wealth Deposits and Burials across the Eurasian Steppe in the early Iron Age. 
    • Fantastic Fauna in a Global Perspective: Understanding Composites in Early Eurasian Antiquity

    Performances and Appearances

    Interview: "Silk Road Conversations with Petya Andreeva (Art Historian)"

    Research Interests

    Early and Medieval Chinese Art, Inner Asian Archaeology, Arts of the Silk Roads, Nomadic Cultures, Jewelry and Portable Ornament, Modern and Contemporary Art in Central Asia

    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)



    Current Courses

    Art of the Silk Routes

    East Asian Visual Culture

    East Asian Visual Culture (Spring 2020)

    Objects as History

    Objects as History (Spring 2020)

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