Professor Zaixin Hong's courses include the Asian Art Survey, freshman and senior seminars and upper division courses on regional and thematic issues, including Chinese Painting in the West, Tao and East Asian Landscape Art, Art History Methodologies, Chinese and Japanese Art, 20th Century Chinese Art, Japan and the Dutch, Buddhist Art, and East Asian Calligraphy. He has published broadly in his two major areas of research: 10th-14th century and 20th century Chinese art. He was the 2006-07 ACLS and NEH fellow, conducting research for his new book, The Transformation of Chinese Painting Through Overseas Collecting. The revised and enlarged edition of his award-winning textbook A History of Chinese Art (Zhongguo meishu shi), for Chinese college students, will come out in October 2012 after twenty printings of its first edition in 2000.
Before he joined the faculty at the University of Puget Sound in 2000, Professor Hong was a Research Fellow at the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religion (1998-99) and the Center for Chinese Studies at UC Berkeley (1992). He received his education in China: Bachelor of Arts (1982) in History at Zhejiang University, Master of Arts (1984) and PhD (1996) in Art History at the China National Academy of Fine Arts, where he is currently the Nanshan Lecture Professor (2007-2012).