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Petra T. Chu, Ph.D.

Professor of Art History; Director, Graduate Studies in Museum Professions

College of Communication and the Arts


Dr. Chu is a specialist in the history of 19th Century European art and the director of the M.A. in Museum Professions.

A specialist in the history of nineteenth-century European art, Petra Chu has published extensively in this area. She is the author of a widely used college textbook, called Nineteenth-Century European Art, and the founding editor of Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, an electronic journal devoted to nineteenth-century art (

As department chair for 21 years, she co-founded with Professor Barbara Cate, the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Museum Professions program, of which she is currently the director.


  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 1972
  • Doctoraal degree, Utrecht University, Netherlands, 1967
  • Diplome superieure, Sorbonne, France, 1961

Academic Distinctions

Awards/ Fellowships:
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Research Grant 1994
  • Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra 2003
  • Netherlands Institute of Advanced Research (NIAS), Wassenaar, Neth 2004



Office Phone
(973) 761-9460


Office Location
The Arts Center


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