This week we sit down with Nathan Peterson, a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Iowa. Born in South Central Nebraska Peterson attended Creighton University in the early 2000s earning a degree in Art History. He then went to the University of Iowa where he received his master’s degree also in Art History. From there he became interested in East Asian studies specifically in China and Japan. His most recent work has been in the contemporary art of China, including the artist Ai Weiwei, and Northern Japan, particularly in response to the Tsunami of 2011. Currently, Peterson is teaching at China’s Tianjin University and completing his second master’s degree in Chinese while finishing his dissertation to earn his doctorate from the University of Iowa.