Mia M. Mochizuki

Associate Professor of Art History, Arts and Humanities, NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York

Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi


B.A., Vassar College; Ph.D., Yale University

Mia Mochizuki is an art historian. Her interdisciplinary research has drawn upon art, architecture and other visual sources — from masterpieces to material culture — to address problems in early modern intellectual history, with special attention to Renaissance, Reformation and Baroque art, particularly those objects produced by the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Portuguese and Dutch trading networks that situate European art in a broader world context.

Her books include: The Jesuit Global Baroque (2015), The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm 1566 - 1672 (2008), which received the College Art Association Publication Award and the ACE/Mercers' International Book Award for Religious Art and Architecture, and In His Millieu, Essays on Netherlandish Arts in Memory of John Michael Montias (2006) on the archival and socio-economic study of art.

Her research has consistently been recognized with awards from the J. William Fulbright / Netherland-America Foundation, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, Yale University (Theron Rockwell Field Prize for the best dissertation in the humanities), the American Council of Learned Societies (Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship), the Association of Theological Schools (Henry Luce III Fellowship), and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto (Nichibunken). She is also Associate Professor of the History of Art at NYU NY’s Institute of Fine Arts.

Previously, Prof. Mochizuki held the Thomas E. Bertelsen, Jr. Chair of Art History and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, where she received the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award, and taught in the art history departments of the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University and the University of Chicago. Born in Tokyo and educated at Sacred Heart schools and Groton School, she has a long-standing commitment to international education. 



  • “The Diaspora of a Jesuit Press: Mimetic Imitation on the World Stage,” in Feike Dietz, Adam Morton, Lien Roggen, Els Stronks and Marc van Vaeck, eds, Illustrated Religious Texts in the North of Europe, 1500-1800 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), 113-34.
  • “Shock Value: The Jesuit Martyrs of Japan and the Ethics of Sight,” in Sally M. Promey, ed., Sensational Religion: Sensory Cultures in Material Practice (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014), 375-97.
  • “The Luso-Baroque Republic of Things and the Contingency of Contact,” Ellipsis. Journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association, Vincent Barletta, ed., The Lusophone Baroque [Special issue] 12 (2014): 143-71.
  • “Iconoclasm,” in Frank Burch Brown, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 450-68
  • “Perspective and Its Discontents or St. Lucy’s Eyes,” with Yoriko Kobayashi-Sato, in Dana Leibsohn and Jeanette Favrot Peterson, eds, Seeing Across Cultures in the Early Modern Period (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012), 21-48+
  • “Seductress of Site: The Nagasaki Madonna of the Snow,” in Anton W.A. Boschloo, Jacquelyn N.Coutré, Stephanie S. Dickey, Nicolette C. Sluijter-Seijffert, eds, Aemulatio. Imitation, Emulation and Invention in Netherlandish Art 1500 to 1800. Essays in Honor of Eric Jan Sluijter (Zwolle: Waanders, 2011), 76-88+
  • “The Movable Center: The Netherlandish Map in Japan,” in Michael North, ed., Artistic and Cultural Exchanges between Europe and Asia, 1400-1900: Rethinking Markets, Workshops and Collections (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010), 109-33+
  • “Ignatius de Loyola, S.J., Geestelycke oeffeninghen van den H. Vader Ignativs van Loyola... (Antwerp: Michiel Cnobbaert, 1673),” in Paul Begheyn, S.J., Bernard Deprez, Rob Faesen, S.J., and Leo Kenis, eds, Jesuit Books in the Low Countries 1540-1773. A Selection from the Maurits Sabbe Library (Leuven: Peeters, 2009), 196-201
  • “Rembrandt’s Ten Commandments. The Impact of Pluralism on the Religious Imagination,” in Olga Z. Pugliese and Ethan Matt Kavaler, eds, Faith and Fantasy in the Renaissance: Texts, Images and Religious Practices (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto Press, 2009), 229-46
  • “Idolatry and Western-inspired Painting in Japan,” in Michael W. Cole and Rebecca Zorach, eds, Idols in the Age of Art. Objects, Devotions and the Early Modern World (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009), 239-66
  • “Deciphering the Dutch in Deshima,” in Benjamin Kaplan, Marybeth Carlson and Laura Cruz, eds, Boundaries and Their Meanings in the History of the Netherlands (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 63-94.
  • “The Dutch Text Painting,” Word and Image 23 (2007): 72-88
  • “Supplanting the Devotional Image after Netherlandish Iconoclasm,” in Anne McClanan and Jeff Johnson, eds, Negating the Image: Case Studies in Iconoclasm (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005), 137-62. Republished in Chinese (Nanjing: Jiangsu Fine Arts Publishing House/Jiangsu meishu chubanshe, 2009), 192-220+.