Santa Clara University

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

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 C&I: Contact Zones, Arts East and West
ARTH 23 Art and Revolution: Europe and the U.S. 19th-20th Centuries
ARTH 26 Buddhas, Buildings and Beauties: Theme and Style in Asian Art
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.

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