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Associate Professor of Art History Steve Goldberg joined the Hamilton faculty in 1998 and has been an instructor and director of summer institutes and conferences for the Asian Studies Development Program. With a doctorate from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree from the University of Hawai’i, and a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, his research interests include globalization and “transcultural imagination,” as well as Chinese calligraphy. The author of numerous essays, reviews, and articles, Goldberg served as a consultant for the PBS program Lost Treasures of Tibet (2003). He has chaired the Asian Studies Program and the Art and Art History Department, and served on the committee that planned Hamilton’s new arts facilities.

Recent Courses Taught

Differencing the Visible: Perspectives on African-American Art and the Black Experience
Arts and Cultures in Asia
Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic Arts of India
Paths to Enlightenment: The Arts of Buddhism
Courtier, Samurai, Priest, and Chonin: The Arts of Japan
Political Power and Cultural Authority: The Arts of China
The Arts of Zen Buddhism
Chinese Visual Culture, 1850-Present: From Modernization to Globalization


  • Award for outstanding service, New York State Conference on Asian Studies Cultural Connections, Convergences, and Collisions, Hamilton College
  • Visiting fellow, Princeton University, 1999 (postponed)
  • Research Relations Fund Award, University of Hawai’i, 1997
  • Hawai'i State Campus Compact Grant, fall 1995
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, 1989
  • Peking-American School Fellowship, 1979-80
  • National Defense Foreign Language Fellowship, The University of Michigan, 1972-73
  • East-West Center Fellowship, 1968-70

Selected Publications

  • " The Fate of Place and Memory in the Art of Yun-Fei Ji," in Yun-Fei Ji : The Intimate Universe, Munich : Del Monico Books/Prestel, 2016.
  • “Oh Father, Where Art Thou? A Bakhtinian Reading of Luo Zhongli’s Father,” in Contemporary Chinese Art and Film: Theory Applied and Resisted, Chapter 4, 89-105. Edited with an introduction by Jason C. Kuo. New Academia Publishing, Washington, D.C., 2012.
  • “On the Contemporary Art of Chinese Calligraphy” with André Kneib, in Bider weden geschrieban The Art of Writing: Contemporary art from three cultures, Heinz Kroehl, editor. Heidelberg and Berlin: Kehrer Verlag, 2011, 154-167.
  • “Philosophical Reflection and Visual Art in Traditional China,” a chapter in Asian Texts-Asian Contexts: Encountering the Philosophies and Religions of Asia, David Jones and Ellen Klein, eds, 227-242. Albany: SUNY Press, 2010.
  • “Modern Woodcuts and the Rise of a Chinese Avant-garde,” in Modern China, 1937-2008: Towards a Universal Pictorial Language, ed. by  Jaochim Hormann, with Xu Bing and contributions by Stephen J.  Goldberg, Leslie Eliet, and Renee Covalucci (Hamilton, N.Y.: Picker Art  Gallery at Colgate University, 2009.
  • “Art and the Authority of Excellence in Traditional China,” in La question de l’art en Asia orientale, (Paris: Presses de l’Universite Paris-Sorbonne, 2008), 123-32.

College Service

  • Member, Instructional Technology Advisory Group, 2010-12
  • Acting chair of the Art History Department, 2012
  • Chair of Asian Studies Program, 2007-08
  • Chair of Department of Art and Art History, 2000-04
  • Chair of Library Committee, 2004-05
  • Chair of Asian Studies Program, 1999-2000
  • Member of search committee for consulting firm for Emerson Gallery director, 2002
  • Member of committee on planning for new art gallery and art building facilities, 2002-03
  • Member of Asian Studies Committee, 1998-present
  • Steering committee liaison, subcommittee on curriculum, academic programs and assessment, Middle States committee, 1999-2001
  • Member of search committee for director of Emerson Gallery
  • Member of search committees for positions in Asian studies

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Educational Background

Ph.D., The University of Michigan
M.A., University of Hawai'i
B.A., Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

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