I N T R O D U C I N G D R S T E P H E N W H I T E M A N , L E C T U R E R I N A S I A N A R T H I S T O R Y, SYDNEY UNIVERSITY – TAASA Review September 2007


This article was originally found in the September 2007 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 16, Issue 3, Page 27).

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Josefa Green I met Stephen Whiteman at his Sydney University office to discuss his scholarly interests, his current work at Sydney University and his views on the future of Asian art studies in Australia. It has been just a year since Stephen took on the position of Lecturer in Asian Art History, and while his academic background in Chinese art history stretches from the Song to the Qing Dynasties, it is the early 18th century which seems to attract him the most as a relatively young field for serious study by historians of Chinese art. Stephen holds degrees in the history of art and architecture, Asian history, and East Asian studies from Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island, USA), where he earned his AB, and Stanford University, from which he received his MA and PhD.

Before coming to Sydney, Stephen taught art and architectural history of Asia at the University of Pennsylvania, Middlebury College, and the University of Colorado.

He has been a research fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC, and was most recently the A...