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Prof. Mia Mochizuki accepts invitation to join "Global Network University"

Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

Dr. Mia M. Mochizuki, Thomas E. Bertelsen, Jr. Associate Professor of Art History and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union and the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of the History of Art and the Department of Dutch Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, has accepted an invitation to join New York University's "Global Network University" with a joint appointment at New York University Abu Dhabi and the Institute of Fine Arts, New York.  Dr. Mochizuki will leave her position at the GTU after June 2014.

Professor Mochizuki has been at JST and the GTU since 2005, where she has served as Chair of the Art and Religion Area and member of the Faculty Council of the Core Doctoral Faculty. Her research has been recognized with a J. William Fulbright/Netherland-America Foundation Fellowship, a Yale University Theron Rockwell Field Prize, a Henry Luce III/Association of Theological Schools Fellowship, a Charles A. Ryskamp/American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, an International Research Center for Japanese Studies Fellowship ("Nichibunken," Kyoto) and the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award at the GTU. A frequent contributor to national and international peer-reviewed scholarly journals, she has also been a founding board member of the Journal for Jesuit Studies (Brill) and the Journal for Early Modern Christianity (De Gruyter).

Professor Mochizuki's interdisciplinary research has addressed problems in early modern visual culture, with special attention to Reformation (Catholic and Protestant) and global Baroque art, particularly those objects produced by the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Portuguese and Dutch trading networks that situate European art in a broader context. Through her research, she has also become involved with the "global turn" or reorientation of art history curricula along transoceanic lines. Earlier projects have included: The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm, 1566-1672: Material Religion in the Dutch Golden Age (Ashgate, 2008), which was awarded the College Art Association Publication Award and the ACE/Mercers’ International Book Award for Religious Art and Architecture, and In His Milieu: Essays on Netherlandish Art in Honor of John Michael Montias (Amsterdam University Press, 2006) on the archival and socio-economic study of art.

During the coming academic year, Professor Mochizuki will complete her book (The Jesuits and the Earliest European Art in Japan), act as a faculty advisor to the Townsend Center Working Group on "Mobilities and Materialities of the Early Modern World" (UCB) and continue to advise her graduate students. She will not be teaching, but the Fall 2013 course “Methods of Visual Analysis” will be taught by her GTU doctoral student Heidi Thimann.

As a resident faculty member at JST, Professor Mochizuki made unique and valuable contributions to the school community and she will be greatly missed. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors and applaud her years of dedicated service to the students of the GTU and JST.

Dr. Mia Mochizuki
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