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Professor Cynthea J. Bogel taught for almost twenty years in the US at the University of Washington (Seattle) and the University of Oregon. Since 2012 Bogel has served as co-chair of the International Master’s Program (IMAP) and International Doctorate Program (IDOC) in Japanese Humanities, which now comprises five permanent tenured faculty, making it the largest department or program in the Faculty of Humanities, Kyushu University. Bogel teaches graduate seminars (and, occasionally, undergraduate courses) in the areas of Japanese art history, material culture, East Asian Buddhist visual culture, and museum studies. She serves as primary and secondary advisor to graduate students in the IMAP・IDOC programs and external department advisor to graduate and undergraduate students for Japanese-language theses, dissertations, and examinations at Kyūdai. In 2014 she founded the Journal of Asian Humanities at Kyushu University (JAH-Q), for which she serves as chief Editor.

Bogel’s research interests are diverse. They focus primarily on Buddhist and other religious visual cultures of Japan, especially the function and reception of icons in the temple and society, technical aspects of statue and painting production, relationships between premodern icons and temples in Japan and East Asia, and contemporary Buddhist popular culture and art. She has also published on prints (ukiyo-e), art historiography, aesthetics, and was formerly a museum curator at the RISD Museum of Art.