Kristopher W. Kersey


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Phone 310-206-6905
Office Dodd 247C
On leave Fall 2021.


Kristopher Kersey’s research focuses on the intersecting histories of Japanese art, design, and aesthetics. His most advanced project is Facing Images, a book manuscript that investigates the issues of materiality, layering, montage, and modernity in the secular and Buddhist manuscripts of the twelfth century. Research is also underway on two additional projects: one that addresses the global impact of Japanese folded media and another on the long history of fragmentation and assemblage in Japanese art. Further topics of research and teaching interest include gender, narrative, photography, print, and theory.


Past fellowships include the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship (predoctoral) at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) as well as the Anne van Biema Fellowship (postdoctoral) at the National Museum of Asian Art (Smithsonian Institution). For the fall quarter of 2019, he was on leave as a scholar in residence with Global Horizons in Pre-Modern Art, a research group at the University of Bern (Switzerland) funded by the European Research Council. In 2023–2024, he will serve as William Andrews Clark Professor at the UCLA Center for 17th– & 18th-Century Studies, designing a year of core programming devoted to the arts of Edo.


In the fall of 2021, Professor Kersey will be on leave as a Getty Scholar in order to work on his second book project concerning fragmentation and assemblage.

Prospective Graduate Students.
 I am open to advising students working in all periods (ancient to contemporary) of Japanese art history, broadly conceived. If interested in the program, feel free to email me directly.