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  • Petya Andreeva

    Assistant Professor of Asian Art and Design History


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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 Fantastic Fauna: The Making of Zoomorphic Visuality on the Eurasian steppe. The book draws from her dissertation, Fantastic Beasts of the Eurasian Steppes: Toward a Revisionist Approach to Animal-Style Art which received international recognition in the Best Asian Humanities Dissertation category at the International Convention for Asia Scholars (ICAS) in 2018. Professor Andreeva has broad research interests inlcuding early funerary art in China and Inner Asia, arts of the Silk Roads, nomadic material culture, and the global history of ornament. Her main field of research is the cultural and artistic transmissions along premodern trade networks, namely the Silk Roads and their precursor - the Eurasian steppe. She is particularly interested in the display of portable luxury and formation of collective memory in nomadic communities along the borders of sedentary empires (China, Persia and Greece). Her research aims to challenge Euro-centric narratives in the study of decorative and funerary art.

    At Parsons, she is presently the Coordinator for the foundational liberal arts course Objects as History: Prehistory to Industrialization. 

    Dr. Andreeva's work has appeared in journals such as Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Fashion Theory, Orientations, Archaeological Research in Asia, Journal of Oriental Art History in Korea, Sino-Platonic Papers, two edited volumes published by the National Museum of Korea and the edited volume Fashion through History: Costumes, Symbols and Communication. Dr. Andreeva previously served as Assistant Professor of Asian Art at Oakland University, Michigan.

    Originally from Bulgaria, she is fluent in Mandarin, Bulgarian, Russian and has a working proficiency in Japanese and Mongolian. 


    Degrees Held

    Ph.D., East Asian Languages and Civlizations, University of Pennsylvania

    BA, East Asian Studies, Colby College

    Middlebury Chinese Language School

    Middlebury Japanese Language School 

    Associated Colleges of China, Bejing 


    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

    "Fantastic Fauna in a Global Perspective: Understanding Composites in Eurasian Antiquity", Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, no.4 (2021): 1-17.

    "Glittering Bodies: The Politics of Mortuary Self-Fashioning in Eurasian Nomadic Cultures (700 BCE-200 BCE)". Fashion Theory (October 2021): 1-30.

    "Central Eurasian Hoards and their Epistemological Potential and Pitfalls", Dongyang Misulsahak (March, 2021): 1-34

    “Animal Style at the Penn Museum: Rethinking Portable Steppe Art and Its Visual Tropes”. Orientations Vol. 52.3 (2020): 48-57

    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): 1-9

    Redefining Edo Female Identity through Iki Aesthetics in Undergarment Textiles”, In Fashion Through History, ed. Antonello Biagini (Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2017): 426-437

    “Deciphering the Religious and Secular Imagery from the Ōtani Central Asian Collection of NMK: Case Studies from Museums around the World” (Seoul: National Museum of Korea, 2016).        

    “From Xu Bing to Shu Yong: Linguistic Phenomena in Chinese Installation Art”. Sino-Platonic Papers (2015).

    “A Sense of Place: Modern Japanese Prints”. Ed. By Julie N. Davis. Philadelphia: Arthur Ross Gallery, 2015.

    “Seeds of Identity and Blossoms of Change: A Mirror to Sociopolitical Dynamics in 19th century Joseon Korea”. (Seoul: National Museum of Korea Press, 2015).

    Performances and Appearances


    Silk Road Conversations with Petya Andreeva (marking International Silk Road Week).   


    Member Spotlight, Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies    

    Research Interests

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

    Awards And Honors


    UNESCO Silk Road Grant, 2021

    India-China Institute Pandemics Seminar Felllowship

    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)

    Kathryn Davis Peace Fellowship

    Benjamin Franklin US State Department Fellowship



    Current Courses

    Art of the Silk Routes
    PGHT 5050, Spring 2023

    Arts of China and Inner Asia
    PLAH 3086, Spring 2023

    Past Courses

    Art of the Silk Routes
    PGHT 5050, Spring 2022

    Buddhist Art & Visual Culture
    PLAH 3087, Spring 2022

    East Asian Visual Culture
    PLAH 3008, Fall 2022

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