Catherine Pagani

Catherine Pagani

Professor of Art History, Asian Art

  • (205) 348-8283
  • Rose Administration Building 102


  • PhD, University of Toronto, 1993


Since 2015, Dr. Catherine Pagani has served as associate dean of The Graduate School. Previously, she served as chair of the department for five years and taught art history since coming to The University of Alabama from Canada in 1993. Pagani has published and lectured internationally on the arts of Asia. Her book, “Eastern Magnificence and European Ingenuity”: Clocks of Late Imperial China  (University of Michigan Press, 2001), is the result of research she conducted at the Palace Museum, Beijing.


“From Curiosities to National Treasures: Chinese Art and the Politics of Display in Britain, 1842-1935,” Toward the Future: Museums and Art History in East Asia, Proceedings of the 2019 CIHA Colloquium in Tokyo. Eds. Hiroyuki Suzuki and Akira Akiyama. Tokyo: Japanese Committee for CIHA, Comité International de l’Histoire de l’Art, and the Otsuka Museum of Art, 2020: 57-68.

Eastern Magnificence and European Ingenuity: Clocks of Late Imperial China, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, 2001.

“Chinese Material Culture and British Perceptions of China in the Mid-nineteenth Century” in Colonialism and the Object: Empire, Material Culture and the Museum, eds. Tim Barringer, Tom Flynn, Routledge: 1998.

R.W.L. Guisso, Catherine Pagani and David Miller, The First Emperor of China, New York, N.Y.: Birch Lane Press, 1989.

Conference Presentations

“From Curiosities to National Treasures: Chinese Art and the Politics of Display in Britain, 1842-1935”
Toward the Future: Museums and Art History in East Asia
2019 CIHA (Comité Internationale d’Histoire de l’Art) Colloquium
Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 10 – 11 March 2019

“Art and Technology Entwined: Elaborate Clockwork at the Chinese Court” (invited)
Housing of Technology in Art Workshop
University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 23 March 2018

“Elaborate Clocks at the Qing Court” (invited)
Horology in Art symposium
National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 26-28 October 2017

“Plant Your Flag: The MFA and the Tenure and Promotion Process in Liberal Arts Colleges and Research Institutions: How the CAA’s Standards and Guidelines Can Empower Art and Design Faculty” (invited)
Session on The MFA in Transition, College Art Association Annual Conference, New York City, 16 February 2017

“Elaborate Clocks and Sino-British Encounters in the Eighteenth Century” (invited)
The Inexplicable and the Unfathomable: China and Britain, 1600-1900
The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England, 12 November 2016

“Chinoiserie at the Chinese Court: Technology in the Service of the Imagination” (invited)
Les Échanges Artistiques Comme Vecteurs Culturels Entre La Chine et l’Europe Aux XVII et XVIII Siècles, Lille, France, 20 October 2016

“European Clocks at the Qing Court: Status Symbol and Cultural Hegemony”
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 17 March 2016

“Administrative Case Studies: Managing and Leading in Heavy Traffic”
National Council of Arts Administrators Annual Conference, Boston, MA, 23 September 2015