Santa Clara University

Department of Art and Art History
Phone: (408) 554-4486
Fax: (408) 554-4809
Location: 832 Market Street
Room number: 832 Market St.

Karen Fraser

Assistant Professor

Educational Background

Ph.D., Stanford University, Art History
M.A., University of South Florida, Art History
B.S., University of Miami, Communications and Art History


ARTH 11a, 12a: Cultures and Ideas (Contact Zones, Arts East and West)
ARTH 23: Introduction to the Arts of the Later Modern West
ARTH 26: Introduction to the Arts of Asia
ARTH 160: East-West Encounters in the Visual Arts
ARTH 161: Photography in Japan
ARTH 162: Visual Culture of Modern Japan
ARTH 163: The Japanese Print


Modern Japanese visual culture circa 1850-1960, particularly photography production and reception within Japan; the relationship of photography to class, gender, regional, and national identity; the uses of photography in international exchange; women in Japanese visual culture; cross-cultural interactions and influences between Asia and the West; museum and exhibition history in Japan and the West.

Representative Publications

2012 "Beauty Battle: Politics and Portraiture in Late Meiji Japan (1868-1912)" in Visualizing Beauty: Gender and Ideology in Modern East Asia, ed. Aida Wong (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2012).

2011 Photography and Japan (London: Reaktion Books, June 2011)

2009 "Studio Practices in Early Japanese Photography: The Tomishige Archive," History of Photography, vol. 33 no. 2 (Spring 2009): 132-144

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