Kevin Greenwood

Kevin Greenwood


  • B.A., University of Cincinnati
  • M.A., University of Oregon
  • Ph.D., University of Kansas

Research, Teaching and Service

Professor Greenwood’s research interests include Buddhist art and architecture, art of the Chinese imperial court of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Chinese and Japanese gardens, and East Asian contemporary art.  In his decade of teaching at Willamette, he has taught numerous survey courses in Asian art history and East Asian Civilizations.  He has also taught interdisciplinary seminars including Buddhism and Art (focusing on Chan/Zen and the arts, Tibetan Buddhist art, Buddhist art and Colonialism, and Buddhism and Modern and Contemporary art) and Chinese Microcosms  (focusing on Buddhist and Daoist cosmology, court ritual, city planning, and temple, palace and garden architecture).  As a guest curator at Willamette’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art, he re-installed the museum’s permanent collection of Asian art in the Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh Gallery.  He has also served as a thesis adviser on a number of senior theses on Asian art topics.  

His paper titled “From the Macro to the Micro: Snuff Bottles and the Qianlong Court” was recently published in the Journal of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society (v. 45, n. 1, Spring 2013).  Recent presentations have included a paper on Chinese eighteenth-century imperial ideology at the 2012 Association for Asian Studies conference, a paper on the Eastern Academy (Dongshuyuan, a lost eighteenth-century imperial garden in Beijing) given at the Huntington Library (San Marino, CA, 2011), and a talk on eighteenth century Chinese imperial Buddhist art at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (St. Louis MO, 2011).  He is currently working on a book based on his dissertation research on the Yonghegong Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Beijing, China, focusing on the sculpture and architecture of the site in the context of the Qing court ideology of imperial universalism.