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 (19thc-artworldwide.org).
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
- 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
- Courbet's Self-Portraits as Bildungsroman (Book Chapter)
In "Courbet à Neuf",
- Publicity, Vulgarization, and Aesthetic Democracy: Courbet and Jean Bruno's Les Misères des Gueux
Source, 29(1), 22- 30,
- Anton Mauve in America
Haarlem: Teyler Museum, Laren: Singer Museum,
- (De-/Re-) Attributing a Courbet Self Portrait
Journal of the Iris B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, 5, 38- 47,
- Siegfried Bing and Charles Conder: The Many Faces of `New Art (Book Chapter)
In "Twenty-First-Century Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Art," University of Delaware Press,
- Twenty-First-Century Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Art
University of Delaware Press,
- The Most Arrogant Man in France: Gustave Courbet and the Nineteenth-Century Media Culture
Princeton University Press,