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Mikiko Hirayama

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 6431D Aronoff Center
Tel: 513-556-0265

Professor Hirayama teaches courses on Japanese and Chinese art history. Her research focuses on Japanese art criticism of the early twentieth century. Her recent publications include  “‘Fictionalized Truth’: Realism as the Vehicle for War Painting” in Art and War in Japan and Its Empire, 1931-1960 (2012), "Notes on Japanese Art Criticism" in Since Meiji: Perspectives on the Japanese Visual Arts (2011),  "The Emperor's New Clothes: Japanese Visuality and Imperial Portrait Photography" in History of Photography (2009), “From Art without Borders to Art for the Nation: Japanist (Nihonshugi) Painting by Dokuritsu Bijutsu Kyōkai during the 1930s” in Monumenta Nipponica (2010), and Reflecting Truth: Japanese Photography in the Nineteenth Century (co-editor, 2005).  She has delivered papers at venues such as the College Art Association conference, Association for Asian Studies conference, and Asian Studies Conference Japan.   Hirayama's service to the field included serving as an anonymous reviewer for Art Bulletin and Ars Orientalis.


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2002 (Japanese art history).