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Dr. Asato Ikeda

Asato Ikeda
Assistant Professor

Faculty Memorial Hall, Room 440
Fordham University – Rose Hill Campus
Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: 718-817-0119


B.A. University of Victoria, 2006; M.A. Carleton University, 2008; Ph.D. University of British Columbia, 2012.

Area of Specialization

Asian Art, Japanese Modern Art, War Art, Fascism, Museum

Courses Taught

ARHI 1100 - Introduction to Art History
ARHI 2225 - Japanese Modern Art and Contemporary Visual Culture


Professor Ikeda specializes in Japanese art produced during World War II.

Her publications can be found in the Review of Japanese Culture and Society, Disclosure, and Japan Focus.  Most recently, she edited, with Ming Tiampo and Aya Louisa McDonald, an anthology titled Art and War in Japan and its Empire, 1931-1960 (Leiden: Brill, 2012).

She has also been actively engaged in exhibition planning.  She co-curated Inuit Prints, Japanese Inspiration:  Early Printmaking inthe Canadian Arctic with Norman Vorano and Ming Tiampo (Takamado Gallery: The Museum of Anthropology UBC; Burnaby Nikkei Center 2011) and worked as the curatorial lead for the exhibition Retell, Rethink, Recover (the Irving K. Barber Learning Center at UBC, 2012).

Professor Ikeda is currently working on a monograph tentatively titled Soldiers and Cherry Blossoms:  Japanese Art, Fascism, and World War II.

She has received research grants and fellowships from Freer Sackler Galleries (the Smithsonian Institution), the Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies, Kajima Art Foundation, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.  She has presented her research internationally at conferences and symposiums in Canada, the United States, Japan, and Germany.

Selected Publications


"Ikeda Manabu, the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, and Disaster/Nuclear Art in Japan."  The Asia-Pacific Journal Japan Focus, Vol. 11, Issue 13, No. 2. April 1, 2013.

"On Uranium Art:  Artist Ken + Julia Yonetani in Conversation with Asato Ikeda."  The Asia-Pacific Journal Japan Focus, Vol. 11, Issue 11, No. 1. March 18, 2013. 

Art and War in Japan and Its Empire, 1931-1960, co-edited with Ming Tiampo and Aya Louisa McDonald.  Leiden:  Brill, 2012.

"Introduction," co-authored with Ming Tiampo and Aya Louisa McDonald, Art and War in Japan and its Empire, 1931-1960. Leiden:  Brill, 2012.

"Twentieth Century Japanese Art and the Wartime State:  Reassessing the Art of Ogawara Shū and Fujita Tsuguharu," The Asia-Pacific Journal Japan Focus, 43-2-10. October 25, 2010.

"Fujita Tsuguharu Retrospective 2006:  Resurrection of a Former Official War Painter," Review of Japanese Culture and Society 21 (2009): 97-115.

"Japan's Haunting War Art:  Contested War Memories and Art Museums," disClosure 18 (2009): 5-32.

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