Madeline Gent is a PhD student in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland. She studies modern and contemporary Chinese art with Dr. Jason Kuo. She successfully defended her masters thesis in May 2012 entitled "Beyond Nationalism: The Art of Xu Jianbai in Maoist China (1949- 1979)." She is currently doing her PhD coursework. These two past summers Ms. Gent has worked at the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Museum of Asian Art on the Gerhard Pulverer Collection Project, an online endeavor to photograph and catalog a collection of rare Japanese books.