Namiko Kunimoto

Namiko Kunimoto

Namiko Kunimoto

Associate Professor

212 Pomerene Hall
1760 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Japanese Art, particularly modern and contemporary
  • Photography
  • Asian American art
  • Performance art


  • B.A., Art History and Anthropology, University of British Columbia
  • M.A., Art History, University of British Columbia
  • Ph.D., History of Art, University of California, Berkeley

Namiko Kunimoto is a specialist in modern and contemporary Japanese art, with research interests in gender, race, urbanization, photography, visual culture, performance art, transnationalism, and nation formation. She is the Director of the Center for Ethnic Studies at Ohio State University and Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art. 

Katsura Yuki and the Stakes of Exposure
The Stakes of Exposure: Anxious Bodies in Postwar Japanese Art


Her essays include “Tsujimura Kazuko and the Body Object” (2021) in Asia Pacific Japan Focus, “Tactics and Strategies: Chen Qiulin and the Production of Space” (2019) in Art Journal and “Tanaka Atsuko and the Circuits of Subjectivity” (2013) in Art Bulletin. Dr. Kunimoto’s awards include a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship, Japan Foundation Fellowships (2007 and 2016), Ishibashi Foundation Fellowship (2020), a College Art Association Millard/Meiss Author Award (2017), and the Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award (2019). She has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and is the former Vice-President of the Japanese Art History Forum. She is an executive member of Japan Arts and Globalization and on the advisory board for Verge: Studies in Global Asia. Her book, The Stakes of Exposure: Anxious Bodies in Postwar Japanese Art, was published in February 2017 by the University of Minnesota Press and she is currently working on her next book, Transpacific Erasures: Contemporary Art, Gender, Race, and the Afterlives of Japanese Imperialism.