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Hsuan Tsen

Senior Lecturer

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Art and Design


Email: Hsuan Tsen


  • Ph.D., Art History, Stanford University, 2011


Hsuan Tsen completed her dissertation, "Spectacles of Modernity: the emergence of mass entertainment in American and Japan in Art History" in 2011. During her graduate career, she received the Centennial Teaching Award, and was awarded FLAS-Fellowships for Japanese Language Study at the Middlebury Language Schools and the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Study in Yokohama and the Freeman Spogli Dissertation Grant in Japanese Studies in 2006-07 and 2010-11. She has served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the IHUM (Introduction to the Humanities) Program at Stanford and been a lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara University where she taught courses on gardens and landscape art around the world and on Western Art. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Dayton.

Faculty perspective

"I am most interested in the experience of modernity through the transnational circulation of popular visual culture and entertainments. My research gravitates towards the moments of encounter which take place in the interstices between the official and the vernacular, different cultures and different nations. I have always conducted my research with an eye toward the classroom and look forward to continuing to explore the encounters between East and West, art and popular culture, and the past and present with students in Department of Visual Arts at Dayton where I will be teaching classes on Western and Japanese art."

Research interests

  • Japanese and American Art History
  • Japanese and American Film Studies
  • World's Fairs
  • Panoramas
  • Modernity
  • Nationalism

Presentations, performances and exhibits

"Japanese Heroes on American Screens: American Films of the Russo-Japanese War" American Comparative Literature Association annual conference, The Yellow Peril, A Yellow Peril panel.

"Marketing Cultural Fantasy: Japan's Display at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition" College Art Association annual conference, Japonisme/Occidentalism panel, 2008.

"Spectacles of Way: The panorama as trick, document, and modern entertainment" Humanities Center Workshop, Constructing Space in Asia, Stanford University.