Susan Erickson, Ph.D.

Professor of Art History
Susan Erickson, Ph.D.
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters
Language, Culture, and the Arts
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00pm- 3:00pm or by appointment

Teaching Areas:

Art History/Applied Art, Human Centered Engineering Design

Research Areas:

Ancient China, Art History, Chinese Art

Biography and Education


Ph.D. University of Minnesota; M.A. University of Minnesota

Selected Publications

“The ‘Shield-shaped’ Jade Pendant: A Singular Han Dynasty Type and its Later Revivals,” Archives of Asian Art (2018) 68 (2): 157-190.

“Suspended Jade: Jade Pendant Sets from Western Han Dynasty Tombs,” in Life and Afterlife in Han China. Cambridge: The Fitzwilliam Museum, 2014, 88−109.

“Ways of Facing the Dead in Ancient China,” Arts Asiatiques, vol. 67, 2012: 19−34.

“The Han Dynasty Que Pillars of the Central Marchmount Mt. Song in Henan Province,” Oriental Art, vol. 50, no. 5, 2011: 2−17.

“Han dynasty tomb structures and contents,” book chapter in China’s Early Empires: A Re-appraisal, ed. by M. Loewe and M. Nylan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, 13−82.

“The Archaeology of the outlying lands,” co-authored book chapter with Yi Song-mi and Michael Nylan in China’s Early Empires: A Re-appraisal. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, 135−168.

“Que Pillars at the Wu Family Cemetery and Related Structures in Shandong and Henan Provinces,” in Rethinking Recarving: Ideals, Practices, and Problems of the "Wu Family Shrines" and Han China. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008, 110−131.

“Eastern Han Dynasty Cliff Tombs of Santai Xian, Sichuan Province,” Journal of East Asian Archaeology, vol. 5, nos. 1−4, 2003 (actual release date: 2006): 401−469.

Contributed thematic essays and object entries (pp. 333−335; 402−411; 456−462) for exhibition catalogue: Cary Liu, Michael Nylan and Anthony Barbieri-Low, Recarving China’s Past: Art Archaeology, and Architecture of the “Wu Family Shrines.” Princeton and New Haven: Princeton University Art Museum & Yale University Press, 2005.

The Sweet Hereafter: Art from Han Dynasty Tombs, exhibition catalogue, editor and author of introduction, January 2003. University of Michigan-Dearborn, ARTH 410 class project.