Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul’s research and writings focus on the interplay between architectural history, intellectual history, and cultural anthropology. She has published on architectural history and historiography, Sino-European intellectual history, history of cartography, history of collecting, and materiality of things. Her scholarship has been recognized with awards and fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS, Princeton), Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), Needham Research Institute (Cambridge, UK), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Her current research examines the construction of world architectural discourse in visual and textual representations.
Professor Rujivacharakul supervises graduate students in both Art History and Art Conservation, and has served as reader and examiner of dissertations and theses for graduates both within and outside of the USA. Her current doctoral students study Material Culture and Materiality, History of Sino-European Lacquerware, Vernacular Architecture and Architectural Preservation in China’s Borderlands.