Education: PhD, Princeton University, 2005 AB, Amherst College, 1996
Kevin Carr studies the visual culture of popular religious cults of medieval Japan (especially thirteenth-fifteenth centuries). His work engages issues of visual narrative, hagiography, and the construction of history and national consciousness through art. He has also worked on cultural exchanges between Japan and Europe in the seventeenth century and the nineteenth century, the epistemological foundations of medieval art, and the interpretation of material culture in the absence of textual evidence. His current project focuses on communal identities as manifest in images of temple origin stories (engi-e) in fourteenth-century Japan.
Plotting the Prince: Shotoku Cults and the Mapping of Medieval Japanese Buddhism, University of Hawai'i Press, 2012