Namiko Kunimoto

Namiko Kunimoto

Namiko Kunimoto

Director, Center for Ethnic Studies; Associate Professor, Department of History of Art

220 Pomerene Hall
1760 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Asian American Studies
  • Race and Visual Culture
  • Gender
  • Modern and Contemporary Japanese 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 was Director of Asian American Studies from 2017-2020 and helped create the Center for Ethnic Studies in 2018. She has been the Director of the Center for Ethnic Studies since 2019. She is a specialist in Asian American studies as well as modern and contemporary Japanese art. Her research interests include the visual politics of race and gender, art and diaspora, and issues of migration and nation-formation.

Her essays include “Intimate Archives: Japanese-Canadian Family Photography, 1939-1945” in Art History, “Olympic Dissent: Art, Politics, and the Tokyo Games” in Asia Pacific Japan Focus “Photographic Pluralities” in Blackflash Magazine, and “Tactics and Strategies: Chen Qiulin and the Production of Space” in Art Journal. Dr. Kunimoto’s awards include a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship, Japan Foundation Fellowships (2007 and 2016), a College Art Association Millard/Meiss Author Award, and the OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching (2018). She has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and is the Vice-President of the Japanese Art History Forum. Her book, The Stakes of Exposure: Anxious Bodies in Postwar Japanese Art, was published in February 2017 by the University of Minnesota Press.

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