Meghen Jones

Associate Professor
Art History
School of Art & Design


  • PhD, History of Art & Architecture, Boston University
  • MA, Industrial, Interior, and Craft Design, Musashino Art University
  • BA, Japanese Studies and Fine Arts, Earlham College
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Meghen Jones is Division Chair and Associate Professor of Art History within the School of Art and Design. She is also Director of Global Studies, the university-wide program for the interdisciplinary Global Studies major and minor. She teaches introductory courses on material culture and Buddhist arts; upper level undergraduate courses on ceramics history, design history, and East Asian art and material culture; and the graduate seminar Global Flows: Ceramic Art, Craft, and Design. Her teaching emphasizes the direct study of objects, and she has led student travel to museums and collections in the US, Canada, and Japan.

Her research focuses on the history of ceramics, modern art, and craft theory in Japan and in international perspective. Her publications include Ceramics and Modernity in Japan (2019) co-edited with Louise Allison Cort, featuring essays by leading international specialists in the fields of modern ceramics, design, and craft. She wrote essays on modern and contemporary ceramics in the exhibition catalogs Materiality: The Miller Ceramic Art Collection (2019)Vessel Explored/ Vessel Transformed: Tomimoto Kenkichi and his Enduring Legacy (2019)Hands and Earth: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection (2018), and O Pioneers! Women Ceramic Artists, 1925­–1960 (2015). Her 2017 article “Hamada Shōji, Kitaōji Rosanjin and the Reception of Japanese Pottery in the Early Cold War United States” appeared in Design and Culture, and her 2018 essay “American Potters’ Interventions with the Tea Bowl: Using Thing Theory to Problematize Cultural Appropriation” was published by the University of Barcelona in the International Committee on Design History and Studies conference proceedings book. She has translated poetry and texts from Japanese to English in Botsugo 50 nen Kawai Kanjirō: kako ga saite iru ima, mirai no tsubomi de ippaina ima, and the Google Cultural Institute web project Made in Japan. Current projects include a book manuscript on the ceramics and art of Tomimoto Kenkichi, and an exhibition and catalog on tea bowls as global icons.

Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Japan Foundation, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts & Cultures, the Fulbright Foundation, the Japanese Ministry of Education, and others.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Material Culture
  • E. Asian Design/Material Culture
  • Buddhist Arts of Asia
  • History of Design
  • Arts of Japan
  • Ceramics in Japan and Beyond
  • Modern Ceramics
  • Cer. Art/Craft/Design: Global Flows
  • B.S. Thesis Art History/Theory

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