Namiko Kunimoto

Associate Professor, History of Art
Faculty in Japanese Studies
Namiko Kunimoto is a specialist in modern and contemporary Japanese art, with research interests in gender, urbanization, photography, performance art, transnationalism, and nation formation. She completed her Ph.D. in 2010 at the University of California, Berkeley. She worked as an Assistant Professor at American University in Washington DC from the fall of 2010 until joining the history of art faculty this year at The Ohio State University. Her recent publications include “Tanaka Atsuko’s Electric Dress and the Circuits of Subjectivity” forthcoming in September 2013 from The Art Bulletin and “Shiraga Kazuo: The Hero and Concrete Violence” published in Art History in February 2013. Other significant publications include work on photography such as, “Traveler-as-Lama Photography and the Fantasy of Transformation in Tibet” in TransAsia Photography Review (October, 2011) and “Intimate Archives: Japanese-Canadian Family Photography, 1939-1949” (Art History, 2004). She is currently working on her book manuscript, Portraits of the Sun: Gender and Nation in Postwar Japanese Art.
Areas of Expertise
  • Japanese art history, especially modern and contemporary

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