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Dawn Odell

Associate Professor of Art History

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Dawn Odell specializes in Chinese and early modern European art and teaches a variety of courses engaging these regions, including classes on East Asian print culture, comparative approaches to European and East Asian art of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and contemporary Chinese art. Professor Odell’s research focuses on the exchange of material goods and artistic practices between Asia and Europe in the early modern period, with a particular emphasis on the Dutch engagement with China. She has published articles on the seventeenth-century Dutch travel book author Johan Nieuhof, Chinese export porcelain, Dutch and Chinese ethnographies, and early Sinology in Europe. Her most recent research explores the visual culture of seventeenth-century Batavia (present-day Jakarta) and its diverse population of Chinese, Indonesia and Dutch inhabitants.


Art 152: The Art of East Asia: China
Art 153: The Art of East Asia: Korea and Japan
Art 256: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art
Art 355: Early Modern Art in Asia and Europe
Art 356: The Art of the Print in Early Modern East Asia
Art 451: Europe Encounters the Art of the Non-European World
Art 493: Senior Seminar: Practices of Art History



  • “Porcelain, Print Culture and Mercantile Aesthetics,” The Cultural Aesthetics of Eighteenth-Century Porcelain, Alden Cavanaugh and Michael Yonan, editors Ashgate Press, London (forthcoming)
  • “Public Identity and Material Culture in Dutch Batavia,” Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration and Convergence: The Proceedings of the 32nd International Congress of the History of Art, Jaynie Anderson, editor, Miegunyah Press, 2009
  • “Creaturely Invented Letters and Dead Chinese Idols,” Idols in the Age of Art, Michael Cole and Rebecca Zorach, editors, Ashgate Press, London, 2009
  • “Clothing, Customs and Mercantilism: Dutch and Chinese Ethnographies in the Seventeenth Century,” Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek (Netherlands Yearbook for the History of Art) on Exoticism in the Low Countries, Waanders Publishers, Zwolle, 2003
  • “The Soul of Transactions: Illustration and Johan Nieuhof’s Travels to China,” Tweelinge eener dragt: Woord en beeld in de Nederlanden (1500-1750) Special printing of De Seventiende Eeuw (The Seventeenth Century), Vol. 12, No. 3, Verloren, Hilversum, 2001
  • “Is THIS the Orient?” Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Culture in Confluence and Dialogue, Vol. 5, No. 3, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden and Boston, 1999

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. 2003 University of Chicago, M.A. 1992 Harvard University, B.A. 1986 Carleton College

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