Christine Guth received her PhD in Fine Arts from Harvard University in 1976. She has taught at institutions in the U.S. including Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, and Berkeley. Between 2007-2016 she led the Asian specialism in the Victoria and Albert Museum & Royal College of Art’s Post-graduate History of Design Program.  She has written widely about aspects of the history of collecting, transnational cultural exchange, and material culture, particularly in relation to Japan.  Her book length publications include Art Tea and Industry: Masuda Takashi and the Mitsui Circle (Princeton 1993); Art of Edo Japan: The Artist and the City 1615-1868 (Abrams 1996; Yale 2010); and Hokusai’s Great Wave: Biography of a Global Icon.