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Art History

Alison J. Miller

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History and Asian Studies

Contact Information

Art History

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Alison J. Miller - Bowdoin College Art History


  • Ph.D. University of Kansas, 2016
  • M.A. Asian Art History, University of Kansas, 2008
  • M.A. Museum Studies, University of Kansas, 2004, with honors
  • B.A. Northern Illinois University, 2001, cum laude

Research Interests

  • Modern and Contemporary Japanese Art
  • Gender in Modern Japan
  • Visual Culture and Mass Media in Japan
  • Japanese Prints
  • Museum Studies

Courses Taught

Gender in Japanese Art, Japanese Print Culture, Sacred Arts of Japan

Selected Articles and Essays

“Imperial Images: The Japanese Empress Teimei in Early Twentieth Century Newspaper Photography.” Trans Asia Photography Review (Forthcoming)

“Kijō saihō no zu: Women and Nationalism in a Meiji Print.” Register 7, no. 9 (2008): 42-49.

“Bridging the Divide Between Students and the Established Museum Community.” Museum Studies: Perspectives and Innovations. Ed. Stephen L. Williams and Catharine A. Hawks, 175-185. Washington D.C.: Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, 2006.

Reviews and Museum Catalogues

“Out of Doubt: Roppongi Crossing at the Mori Art Museum.” Modern Art Asia 16 (November, 2013).

“The Coronation of Emperor Taishō.” Divine Inspiration, Spencer Museum of Art, 2013 (web).

Contributing Author, multiple catalogue entries. Oppenheimer Collection. Ed. David Cateforis. Overland Park, KS: Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012.

“Of Patterned Color and Light.” Review Magazine 3 (Fall 2011). 

“Constructing Femininity Through Imperial Imagery in Modern Japan,” Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Workshop, Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, November 2015.

“Dualities of Gender and Rule: The Female Imperial Symbol in 1910s and 1920s Japan,” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, St. Louis, MO, October 2015.

 “Mass Media Monarchy: The Image of Empress Teimei in Taisho Period Newsmedia,” Media and Transmission Graduate Conference, Berkeley, CA, April 2015.

 “Collections Connections: Lessons from a Student-Centered Curatorial Project,” Midwest Art History Society Conference, Minneapolis, MN, March 2015.

“Images of the Empress: Modernity, Femininity, and the Japanese Imperial Family,” Heart of America Japan-America Society Meeting, Kansas City, MO, March, 2015 (invited).

“A Royal Role Model: Empress Teimei and Portrait Photography in Early 20th century Japan,” Feminist Art History Conference, Washington D.C., October 2014.

“Gajin Fujita: Performance, Power, and Paint,” MidAmerica College Art Association Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 2014.

“Envisioning the Imperial: Empress Teimei, Feminine Decorum, and Mass Media Photography,” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, Lawrence, KS, October 2014.

“Teimei kōgō no imegi: nijūseiki shotō ni okeru ‘onnarashisa’ no hensen” [The Image of Empress Teimei: Changes in ‘Femininity’ in the Early Twentieth Century], National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (Research Forum), Tokyo, Japan, June 2014.

“Envisioning the Imperial: Empress Teimei, Feminine Decorum, and Mass Media Photography,” Waseda University Modern Japan History Workshop, Tokyo, Japan, March 2014.

“(Re)constructing Femininity: Portraits of the Meiji Empress at the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery,” Midwest Art History Society Conference, Wichita, KS, April 2012.

“The Tomioka Silk Mill: Factory Women, the Nation, and Meiji Period Visual Culture,” Midwest Art History Society Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, April 2011.

Hall Center for the Humanities Graduate Summer Research Award, University of Kansas (2015)

Fulbright Study and Research Award, Japan, Institute of International Education, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (2013-2014)

Japan Foundation Scholarship for study at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, Yokohama, Japan (2009-2010)

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education (2007)