Kelly McCormick

Kelly McCormick is a Ph.D. Candidate in modern Japanese history whose research focuses on the intersection of visual and material culture through the lens of the Japanese camera. Through analysis of the mass press, materials from corporate and government archives, and in-depth interviews with photographers and designers she is developing a picture of how discourses on gendered applications of photography, the professionalization of women, economic recovery, and environmental disaster were deeply tied to the domestic and international success of the Japanese camera. Her work has been supported by the D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia and the Fulbright IIE, and she was awarded the 2018 Japan Art History Forum and Japanese Art Society of American Chino Kaori Memorial Essay Prize. As a part of the 2017-2018 Mellon Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms initiative, she worked with an interdisciplinary team of UCLA scholars to develop curriculum that teaches undergraduates the value of the humanities through writing. Kelly is excited to joining the History Department at the University of British Columbia in January of 2020. Before coming to UCLA she completed an M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University (2012) and received her BA from UC Santa Cruz (2008) in History and Studio Art.