Julie Nelson Davis
Julie Nelson Davis is Associate Professor of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches the arts of East Asia from 1600 to the present. Davis received her B.A. from Reed College, studied in Japan as a Monbushō fellow at the Osaka University of Foreign Languages and at Gakushūin University, and completed her Ph.D at the University of Washington. Davis has held the Abe Yoshishige Fellowship at Gakushûin University and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowship at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. Her research has been further supported by the Weiler Family Dean’s Leave, the University Research Foundation, the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, the Penn Humanities Forum, and the Center for East Asian Studies, among others. Davis received the Trustees' Council of Penn Women's 25th Anniversary Award for Excellence in Advising in 2012.
Davis’s primary research concerns Ukiyo-e, the “images of the floating world,” and the arts of the Tokugawa period (1615-1868). Her most recent book, Partners in Print: Artistic Networks and the Ukiyo-e Market, was published by the University of Hawai’i Press in January 2015. Previous publications include Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty (Reaktion Books and the University of Hawai’i Press, 2007); a study of the influential ukiyo-e publisher, Tsutaya Jūzaburō in Designed for Pleasure: The World of Edo Japan in Prints and Paintings, 1680 – 1860 (Asia Society, 2008), an analysis of a painting by Teisai Hokuba in the Japanese art history journal, Kokka (2007), an overview essay on Utamaro and his contemporaries in The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints (Hotei Books, 2005), among others. She co-curated Dramatic Impressions: Japanese Theatre Prints from the Gilbert Luber Collection at the Arthur Ross Gallery in 2006. She is delighted to have had the opportunity to work with talented students for the exhibition, “A Sense of Place: Modern Japanese Prints,”at the Arthur Ross Gallery in the spring of 2015.