Hyoungee Kong

Hyoungee Kong
Assistant Professor of Art History

Hyoungee Kong is an Assistant Professor of Art History at NYU Shanghai. She received her PhD in Art History from the Pennsylvania State University. Her work focuses broadly on queer subjectivities that formed through cross-cultural consumption between East Asia and the West. Her primary research and teaching areas include visual and material cultures of France and Japan in the nineteenth–twentieth centuries; gender and sexuality studies; queer theory; and history of photography in East Asia. 

Dr. Kong’s current book project, Fleshly Japonisme, examines queer potentials of japonisme, or the Western taste for Japan, that catered to middle-class women in Belle Epoque France. Through intermedial analyses of advertisements, paintings, postcards, garments, and literature, the book explores the ways that ideas of Japan helped these women reimagine their bodily pleasures and desires beyond Western bourgeois conventions of femininity. 



  • PhD, Art History
    Pennsylvania State University