Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan
Professor, Yale University

Art History PhD, 1988

Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan received her Ph.D. in Japanese Art from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1988. She has taught at Yale University since 1990. In her research and writing Yiengpruksawan focuses on Buddhist art and iconography with emphasis on political and social perspectives in the analysis of devotional imagery and ritual. She is currently working on two books that look at the Buddhist cultural productions of early medieval Kyoto from perspectives that encompass environmental factors and the impact of transmarine exchange linking Heian Japan to Wu Yue, Northern Song, and Liao as revealed in the primary record. The first book in the series, Art and Catastrophe in the Japanese Middle Ages, currently under contract with Brill, takes up the role of exogenous determinants—epidemic disease, supernovae, a spike in the number of seagoing Chinese traders coming ashore along Japan’s western seaboard—in the emergence of an iconographically and artistically innovative Buddhist visual culture in Kyoto at the turn of the second millennium.