Aya Louisa McDonald

Professor of Art History
Expertise: Japanese Art, Art and War, Ethics and Art


Aya Louisa McDonald is an expert in modern and contemporary Japanese art, manga, and anime.

Her research examines themes of violence in contemporary Japanese art, Japanese war art of WWII, and the historical relationship between art and war. McDonald also studies the historical and contemporary interconnections between Japanese art and the West, and the work of Japanese artist, Foujita Tsouguharu.

Her research has been featured in several publications including Art Journal and the Journal of War and Culture Studies.



  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • M.A., Stanford University
  • B.A., Stanford University

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