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Robert Harrist

Jane and Leopold Swergold Professor of Chinese Art History, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University

Governing Board Member, SOF/Heyman, Columbia University (2002–2003)

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Ph.D., Princeton University, 1989

Robert E. Harrist Jr. has published books and articles on Chinese painting, calligraphy, and gardens, as well as on topics such as replicas in Chinese art, clothing in 20th-century China, and contemporary artists such as Xu Bing. His most recent book, The Landscape of Words, which studies the role of language in shaping perceptions of the natural world, was awarded the Joseph Levenson Prize in 2010.