Joyce Yusi Zhou

Joyce Yusi Zhou studies early modern interactions between the Dutch Republic, China, and Southeast Asia. Focusing especially on decorative arts and material culture, she is especially interested in exploring issues of gender, class, and race in Dutch colonial Indonesia. Her Qualifying Paper, titled “Playing with Porcelain: Reimagining the Self with the Early Modern Dutch Dollhouse,” explores the construction of identity in the exclusively female spaces of the early modern Dutch dollhouse. 

Joyce received her M.A. in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center and her B.A. in Art History and the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities from Washington University in St. Louis. Her M.A. Qualifying Paper explores the exchange of craft and mathematical knowledge between sixteenth- and eighteenth-century China and Europe through examining European lathe-turned objects at the Chinese imperial court.