BA University of Pittsburgh; MA, PhD University of Michigan
Dr. Hammers conducts research on the history of Chinese art and art theory. She is interested in the representations of labor and technologically-informed imagery. Her book Pictures of Tilling and Weaving: Art, Labor and Technology in Song and Yuan China (Hong Kong University Press, 2011) is a recipient of the College Art Association’s Millard Meiss prize. Her second book The Imperial Patronage of Labor Genre Paintings in Eighteenth-Century China explores later iterations of imagery related to the production of rice and silk. She is presently finishing a book-length manuscript on the Qing-dynasty Pictures of Cotton and writing an article on the reception of Chinese technological imagery in France and England during the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Imperial Patronage of Labor Genre Paintings in Eighteenth-Century China. New York: Routledge, 2021.
Pictures of Tilling and Weaving: Art, Labor, and Technology in Song and Yuan China. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2011.
“The Peony in Painting and Verse in China from the Eighth to the Thirteenth Centuries,” in David Michener and Robert Grese, eds., Passion for Peonies: Celebrating the Culture and Conservation of Nichols Arboretum’s Beloved Flower, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2020: 133-142.
“The Qianlong Rubbings of 13th-century Pictures of Tilling: A Tale of Three Grandsons,” Bulletin of the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong, 16 (2016): 106-112.
“Khubilai Khan Hunting: Tribute to the Great Khan,” Artibus Asiae, 75 (2015): 5-44.
“Picturing tools for a perfect society: Wang Zhen’s Book of Agriculture and the Northern Song Reforms in the Yuan dynasty” in Journal of Song-Yuan Studies, 42 (2012): 279- 308.