Maki Kaneko

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - History of Art
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Spencer Museum of Art
Room 209
University of Kansas
1301 Mississippi Street
Lawrence, KS 66045-7500


Maki Kaneko teaches courses on the history of Japanese modern/contemporary art, print, manga, and architecture from the seventeenth-century to the present and the arts of Asia Americans and Asian diasporas. Her research concerns the politics of memory, race, and gender in twentieth-century Japanese visual culture and the Asia-Pacific region. Her book Mirroring the Japanese Empire published in 2014 examines the representation and signification of the male figure in Japanese oil painting and cinema between 1930 and 1950, the decades when Japan engaged with a series of imperialist wars. Kaneko’s current research includes Japanese American diaspora artists, the history of “outsider art” in Japan, and gender and sexuality in contemporary visual culture.

Teaching Interests

  • Japanese art history
  • Modern and contemporary art
  • Asian American and diaspora art
  • Japanese prints
  • Japanese pop culture

Research Interests

  • Japanese art history
  • Modern and contemporary art
  • Asian diaspoar art
  • Memory and visual culture
  • War propaganda
  • Gender and body

Selected Publications

Kaneko, M. (2015). Ajia Taiheiyō Sensō Jiten [The Dictionary of Asia-Pacific War] .

Kaneko, M. (2015). Nihon bijutsu zenshū dai 18 kan: Sensō to bijutsu [Complete Collection of Japanese Art vol. 18: War and Art] .

Kaneko, M. (2014). Japanese Visual Culture 14. Mirroring the Japanese Empire: The Male Figure in Yoga Painting, 1930-1950.

Kaneko, M. (2013). New Art Collectives in the Service of the War: The Formation of Art Organizations During the Asia-Pacific War, 1937-1945. Positions: east asia cultures critique, 21(2), 309-350.

Kaneko, M. (2012). Under the Banner of the New Order: Uchida Iwao's Responses to the Asia-Pacific War and Japan's Defeat. In A. Ikeda, A. Louisa McDonald, & M. Tiampo (Eds.), Art and War in Japan and its Empire, 1931-1960 (pp. 190-207). Leiden: Brill.

Kaneko, M. (2011). Mukai Junkichi's Transformation from a War to Minka (Folk House) Painter. Archives of Asian Art, 61, 37-60.

Kaneko, M. (2007). Kanten kaikaku no yume: Kigen nisen roppyakunen hōshuku bijutsu tenrankai, sensō, 'shintaisei'. Kindai Gasetsu [Modern Painting Theory],(16), 81-95.

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