Cynthia Houng


My scholarly interests lie at the intersection of art history and economic history. I began my academic life as an art historian, primarily interested in the study of modernism and modernity. Only later, after working first in a commercial art gallery and then in the private sector (in marketing), did I move backwards in time, to focus on the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries.

My dissertation, By the Light of Your Eyes: Epistemology, Aesthetics, and the Marketplace, examines the ways in which approaches to epistemology, aesthetics and economics shaped and reshaped regimes of value in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

I received my B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and my M.A. (art history) from Stanford University.

For more about my work, please visit my personal website.

Year of Study
Degree Candidate
Area of Interest
Art History
Cultural History
Economic History
Intellectual History
Home Department & Other Affiliations
15th & 16th Centuries
17th & 18th Centuries