Kristopher W. Kersey

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, ARTS OF JAPAN.

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Phone 310-206-6905
Email kersey@humnet.ucla.edu
Office Dodd 247C

BIOGRAPHY

Kristopher W. 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, and montage 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.


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.


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