Nicole Rousmaniere

Nicole Rousmaniere


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Personal profile


Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere is the founding Director of the Sainsbury Institute and Professor of Japanese Art and Culture at the University of East Anglia. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 1998. She spent three years on secondment as a Visiting Professor in Cultural Resource Studies at Tokyo University (2006-2009). From Summer 2011 she is Research Director of the Sainsbury Institute. She is currently seconded to the British Museum as a curator in the Department of Asia.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere’s current research includes completing a manuscript for the British Museum Press entitled Four Hundred Years of Japanese Porcelain based on the British Museum holdings, to be published in 2014. Her research interests include early modern to contemporary ceramics in East Asia and particularly Japan, East Asian trade networks, the history of archaeology and collecting things Japanese.

Areas of Expertise

Japanese and Chinese ceramics; Japanese archaeology; Japanese art history.

External positions

IFAC Handa Curator of Japanese Art, British Museum

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