Guolong Lai, Associate Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology, studied International Law (BA) at Jilin University, 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 (now the National Museum of China) in Beijing and the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, taught at Carleton College and Columbia University, 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 Stanford University.
His research interests include early Chinese art and archaeology, Chinese paleography and Old Chinese phonology, museology, collecting history and provenance studies, and heritage 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