Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul's research and writings focus on the interplay between architectural history, intellectual history, and cultural anthropology. She has published on architectural history and historiography, Sino-European intellectual history, history of cartography, history of collecting, and materiality of things. Her scholarship has been recognized with awards and fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS, Princeton), Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), Needham Research Institute (Cambridge, UK), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Her current research examines the construction of world architectural discourse in visual and textual representations.
Professor Rujivacharakul supervises graduate students in both Art History and Art Conservation, and has served as reader and examiner of dissertations and theses for graduates both within and outside of the USA. Her current doctoral students study Material Culture and Materiality, History of Sino-European Lacquerware, Vernacular Architecture and Architectural Preservation in China's Borderlands.
Liang Sicheng and the Temple of the Buddha’s Light (Beijing: Foreign Language Press; Farmington Hills, MI: Gale/Cengage Learning, 2015), with Luo Deyin. Funded by the Ministry of Education, People's Republic of China, Chinese Classics Publication.
Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent through History (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press; Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2014); co-edited with Hazel Hahn, Ken Tadashi Oshima, and Peter Christensen. Outstanding Academic Title for 2014, Choice
Collecting China: The World, China, and a History of Collecting, ed. (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2010).
"Sovereignty and Its Multiple Bodies: Territory, Archaeology, and Architectural History in Wartime East Asia," in Art and Sovereignty, eds. Douglas Howland, Elizabeth Lillehoj, Maximilian Mayer (under contract).
“Connecting the Dots: Global Idea, Local Agency, and the Burden of Evidence-Based Architectural History,” Architecture Beyond Europe, Vol. 7 (2015).
“Why the Temple of Buddha’s Light and Liang Sicheng: History and Historiography,” in Liang Sicheng and the Temple of the Buddha’s Light (Beijing: Foreign Language Press; Farmington Hills, MI: Gale/Cengage Learning, 2015).
“World Architecture and World Cartography,” in Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent through History (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press; Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2014).
“How to Map Ruins: Yuanming Yuan Archives and Chinese Architectural History,” in The Getty Research Journal, No. 4 (2012).
“China and china: Materiality and Culture Disconnected,” in Collecting China: The World, China, and a History of Collecting (2010).
“國外對中國謍造學社的接受史—從費慰梅到李約瑟,” in World Architecture / 世界建築, Vol. 238 (April 2010).
“Ghosts of Asia: Fergusson’s Haunted Mansion and the World after Edward Said,” in JAE (Journal of Architecture), Vol. 63:2 (March 2010).
“The Reception of the Society for Research in Chinese Architecture outside China,” in The Society for Research in Chinese Architecture: Eighty Years of Research and History (Beijing: Tsinghua University, 2009).
“On Wu and Things” in Architecture and Design Methods (Kassel University Press, Germany, 2009).
“Architects as Cultural Heroes: The Rise of Architectural Profession in China, 1840s-1949,” in Cities in Motion, Sherman Cochran and David Strand ed. (Berkeley: University of California, Monographs in East Asian Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies, 2007).
Awards and Major Fellowships (extramural):
- Social Science Research Council (SSRC)-Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), 2012-2013
- Membership, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, in residence 2011-2012
- The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Research Grant, 2011-2013
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship, 2007-2008
- The Needham Research Institute, University of Cambridge, England, in residence 2008
- Visiting Fellowship, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, England, in residence 2008 (elected life member May 2009)
- The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, Major Conference Grant, 2006
- The Getty Pre-doctoral Residential Fellowship, Getty Research Institute, in residence 2004-2005
- Scott Opler Emerging Scholar Fellowship, Society for Architectural Historians, 2005
- The Orient and Its Representation (graduate seminar)
- Eurasia and the Problem of Style (graduate seminar)
- Buildings and Beyond: From Hayao Miyasaki to Frank Gehry (Honors seminar)
- Collecting China: History of Collecting and Thing Theories (graduate/undergraduate seminar)
- Contemporary Architecture (graduate/undergraduate seminar)
- Column, Sky, and Cosmos: Palaces and Temples in East Asia (undergraduate seminar)
- Modern Architecture (lecture)
- Architecture in Global Contexts (lecture)
- A History of Architecture (lecture)
Selected University of Delaware Service:
- University Committee on Faculty and Student Honors and Awards, 2010-present
- University Committee on Academic Calendar and Final Examination Schedule Revision, 2010-present
- Faculty Senate (2-year term), 2009-2011
- Search Committee, Historian of South Asia, Department of History, 2009-2010
- Search Committee, American Architectural Historian, Department of Art History, 2008-2009
- Faculty Coordinator, Graduate Students’ Research Symposium, Department of Art History, 2009
- Faculty Co-advisor for the Art History Lecture Series Committee, Department of Art History, 2006-2008
- Admission Committee Member, Department of Art History, 2006-2007
- Main Organizer for Collecting China Conference, 2006
- Faculty Member, Honors Thesis Board, Honors Program, 2007-2008
- Main Coordinator for the Tsinghua-Delaware Collaborative Initiatives on Architectural History and Art Conservation, working in conjunction with the Institute for Global Studies, 2009-present