Guolong Lai, Associate Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology, earned his BA in International Law at Jilin University, 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 (now the National Museum of China), the Getty Conservation Institute, received a Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University, Stanford University, the American Council of Learned Society (ACLS), the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, Chiang Ching-Kou Foundation, and the Henry Luce Foundation. He taught at UCLA, Carleton College, and Columbia University before coming to UF. He was a member of the Institute for Advance Study, Princeton (2014-2015), and a Getty Scholar at the Getty Reserach Institute (2018-2019).
He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Bamboo and Silk (published by Brill), the Chinese Studies in History (Taylor & Francis Group, Routledge), the Bulletin of the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology (Hong Kong), the Library of Classical Learning (The Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology, Hong Kong); the founding Associate Editor of bilingual (English-Chinese) Zhejiang University Journal of Art and Archaeology, the associate editor of Bulletin of the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology (Hong Kong),
His research interests include early Chinese art and archaeology, Chinese paleography, museology, collecting history and provenance studies, and historic conservation in modern China.
Excavating the Afterlife: The Archaeology of Early Chinese Religion (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015), included in the Mellon Foundation’s Art History Publication Initiative Series, and won SAA (Society for American Archaeology) Honorable Mention-Book Award in the Scholarly Category (2016).
Selected Fellowships, Awards, and Grants