Lecturer in Art and East Asian Studies
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Aurelia Campbell received her B.A. from Pitzer College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on East Asian art and architectural history, particularly of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) in China.
Campbell is currently writing a book on architecture in the reign of Emperor Yongle (r. 1402-24), in which she investigates the ways in which Yongle's visionary construction projects became essential mediums for shaping his imperial identity, both in life and after death. Another shorter research project examines ritual space in 15-century Buddhist temples at the Sino-Tibetan frontier.
Before coming to Smith, Campbell held a two-year Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at Lake Forest College.