Julie Nelson Davis teaches the arts of East Asia from 1600
to the present, with a focus on Japan. Professor Davis received her B.A. from
Reed College, studied in Japan as a Monbushō fellow at the Osaka University of
Foreign Languages and at Gakushūin University, and completed her Ph.D at the
University of Washington.
Professor Davis has held the Abe Yoshishige Fellowship at
Gakushūin University and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowship at the
Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. Her research
has been further supported by the Weiler Family Dean’s Leave, the University
Research Foundation, the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian
Studies, the Penn Humanities Forum, and the Center for East Asian Studies,
among others. Davis also received the Trustees' Council of Penn Women's 25th Anniversary
Award for Excellence in Advising in 2012 and was the Kyoto Consortium
for Japanese Studies Visiting Professor in Autumn 2014. She is the Director of the newly formed Penn Forum on Japan.