Asato Ikeda

Fordham University
Assistant Professor, Art History
Tokyo, Japan
New York, United States of America
Faculty of Arts
Mobilizing Every Body: Japanese Art, Fascism, and War (1931-1945)
John O'Brian and Joshua Mostow

What are your main responsibilities or activities in your current position?

I teach art history course at Fordham University, offering classes on Asian art. I also mentor students, serve university/non-university committees, do research/publish journal articles and books. I regularly give talks both to general audiences and to academic crowds. I have also curated a few exhibitions and published exhibition catalogs. I work with colleagues to run the department (discussing students what classes to take, where to apply for internship etc).

How does your current work relate to your graduate degree?

Without my PhD in art history, I wouldn't have been able to apply for the position I hold today. The program allowed me to read and research about the specific field (Japanese modern art history) I came to specialize in.

What motivated you to pursue graduate work at UBC?

My supervisors were fantastic.

What key things did you do, or what attitudes or approaches did you have, that contributed to your success?

Network well while being a graduate student and have good mentors who can guide you through the process

What is your best piece of advice for current graduate students preparing for their future careers?

Be strategic about future professional life but also flexible.


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