Lisa Wuliang Tom

  • Assistant Professor, Art History
  • Phone: 401.874.2773
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  • Office Location: Pastore Hall 317


Lisa Wuliang Tom currently serves as Assistant Professor in the University of Rhode Island’s Department of Art and Art History.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego and master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She earned her doctorate in art history from Brown University in 2014, under the guidance of Evelyn Lincoln.

Through her studies in art history, Tom has held a Mellon curatorial proctorship at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. She has also contributed peer reviews and book reviews to Comitatus, A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  In 2004, she assisted Lisa Bitel, professor of history and religion at the University of Southern California, with contributions to the Figurae Image Database for the Monastic Matrix.


Tom’s research specializes in the visual and material culture of early modern Europe from a global perspective, with an interest in the comparative dynamics between a broad range of media, including paintings, sculptures, prints, medals, numismatics, and illuminated manuscripts. Her interests focus on identity in portraiture, court culture, images of warfare, the history of science, and constructions of gender.


  • Ph.D. in art history, Brown University, 2014
  • M.A., in art history, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005
  • B.A. in art history and B.A. in computing in the arts, University of California, San Diego, 2001

Selected Publications

“Princely Portraits of Adolescence in the Court of Philip II,” in The Early Modern Child in Art and History, ed. Matthew Averett (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2015)