Guolong Lai, Associate Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology, earned his MA in Archaeology and Paleography at Beijing University, and PhD in Art History at UCLA. He has worked at the National Museum of Chinese History in Beijing, the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, received a Pre-doctoral Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University and at Stanford University.
His research interests include early Chinese art and archaeology, Chinese paleography, museology, collecting history and provenance studies, and historic conservation in modern China, and has published widely in both English and Chinese.
He has organized two international symposiums: “Collectors, Collections and Collecting Arts of China: Histories and Challenges,” sponsored by the Harn Eminent Scholar Chair in Art History Program, School of Art and Art History, University of Florida, February 20-21, 2009; and “The Persistence of Traditions: Monuments and Preservation in Late Imperial and Modern China,” sponsored by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Society of Fellows in the Humanitiesat Columbia University, April 2-3, 2004, and edited conference volume Collectors, Collections and Collecting the Arts of China: Histories and Challenges (2013), co-authored exhibition catalogues Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor & His Legacy (2011) and A Bronze Menagerie: Mat Weights of Early China (2006).
His many recent awards include a ACLS/CCK’s Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society Grant in 2015, a Smithsonian Institution Freer/Sackler Library Travel Grant in 2013 and a ACLS/ Henry Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History awarded in 2011.
He is awarded membership in the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton for 2014-15, and will be on leave in 2014-2016.
His book Excavating the Afterlife: The Archaeology of Early Chinese Religion (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015) has been selected to participate in a new, highly selective Art History Publishing Initiative (AHPI), funded by the Mellon Foundation.
ARH 3552 Early Chinese Art and Archaeology
ARH 3555 Late Chinese Art and Culture
ARH 4533 Asian Monuments and Heritage Conservation
ARH 4559 Archaeology of Death in Ancient China
ARH 4930 Art and Ritual in Early China
ARH 4930 Monuments and Memory in Asian Art
ARH 4930 Technical Art History: Chinese Bronzes
ARH 4931 Art in Tombs
ARH 6918 The Archaeology of Writing
ARH 6819 Western Approaches to Early Chinese Art