Burglind Jungmann studied East Asian art history at the University of Heidelberg and at Seoul National University and received her Ph.D. from Heidelberg University in 1988. After six more years of research in Korea and Japan she gained her second doctorate in 1996 and taught Korean art history at the Universities of Heidelberg and Munich. In 1999 she joined UCLA as Professor of Korean art history. She held an appointment as Curator of Korean Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 1999 to 2003 and has been an Adjunct Professor at Korea University in Seoul since 2004.
Prof. Jungmann's teaching and research interests include the history of Korean painting in its cultural, social and political context, and the exchange in art between China, Korea and Japan. Her first book, on the 16th-century Korean reception of Chinese painting, was published in Germany in 1992 (Steiner). In her recent monograph, Painters as Envoys-Korean Inspiration in Eighteenth Century Japanese Nanga, published in 2004 by Princeton University Press, she explored Korean embassies to Japan and their impact on Japanese literati painting. She is currently working on a new book project, Pathways to Korean Culture: Paintings of the Choson Dynasty.