Postdoctoral Researchers and Fellows

Denise Arnold (Ph.D. University College London)

Sainsbury Research Unit Visiting Fellow

Research Interests: The intersection between visual and technical languages and oral tradition, and its application to a material analysis of weaving iconography in the South-central Andes.


Anuradha Gobin (Ph.D. McGill University)

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC)

Research Interests:  Anuradha Gobin is a Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC) Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Art History and World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia. Anuradha completed her PhD in Art History at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.  Her current research project considers a range of visual media focused on demarcating boundaries and representing colonial terrain in the Dutch and British Atlantic world. These forms of visual culture are used to interrogate ways in which notions of public life and behaviour, which were considered as integral to serving the good of society, were applied in the context of the colonies during periods of European expansion and occupation. Her project explores examples of Dutch and British approaches to representing punishment practices and control of indigenous and slave populations in their respective Atlantic colonies during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She will be conducting this research under the supervision of Prof Bronwen Wilson.


Dr Ryan Holmberg (Ph.D. Yale University)

2013-2014 Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow (SISJAC)

Research Interests:  Ryan is an independent art and comics historian. After receiving his PhD in Japanese Art History from Yale University in 2007, he taught at the University of Chicago, City University of New York, and the University of Southern California. He is a frequent contributor to Art in America, Artforum, Yishu, and The Comics Journal, and is editor of two lines of translated manga from PictureBox, Inc. in New York: Ten Cent Manga, which focuses on the impact of American comics and mass entertainment on Japanese manga, and Masters of Alternative Manga. As a Sainsbury Fellow, Ryan is undertaking research that would eventually lead to the publication of his book project.


Meghen Jones (Ph.D. Boston University)

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow

Research Interests: Japanese art with a focus on ceramics, modern craft, and art in transnational perspective.


Arakawa Masaaki (Gakushuin University, Tokyo)

Sotheby's Senior Fellow 2013

Research Interests: Japanese ceramics and porcelain


Andy Mills (Ph.D. University of East Anglia)

Post Doctoral Research Associate, Fijian Art Research Project

Research Interests: The cultural history of Western Polynesia, Tongan art history, arms and armour, carving and interdisciplinary research methods that unify qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Specifically, he is interested in the art history of carved Tongan artefacts across the 18th and 19th centuries, with specific reference to the transnational activities of Tongan carvers (tufunga) in Fiji and Samoa.


Sam Nixon (Ph.D. University College London)

Post Doctoral Researcher, Crossroads Project

Research Interests: African archaeology; Islamic archaeology; archaeology of the medieval world; the archaeology of trading societies and trading networks; trans-Saharan trade and the West African gold trade


Fiona Savage (Ph.D. University of East Anglia)

25th Anniversary Sainsbury Research Unit Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Interests: The early history of museums and the representation of Anglo-African encounters in pre-colonial and colonial travel literature.  The inter-cultural appropriation practices and the changing politics and poetics of African ethnographic displays in public institutions.




Research Associates

Richard Cocke (Ph.D. Courtauld Institute).

Research Interests: Renaissance (especially Venetian) and seventeenth century painting and sculpture. Public Sculpture of Norfolk and Suffolk


Ludovic Coupaye (Ph.D. University of East Anglia).

Research Interests: The study of the relationships between people and things through two related angles: techniques and arts, especially in the Pacific area (mainly Melanesia, Polynesia and Australia). Rituals and aesthetics in relation to social dynamics and environment.


Christian Kaufmann  (Ph.D. )

Research Interests: Pacific region, Melanesia


Kevin Lane (Ph.D. Cambridge).

Research Interests: complex societies, landscape archaeology and political ecology especially the interplay between water, animals, people and the environment in the Andes


Bodil Olesen (Ph.D. Aarhus)

Research Interests: Africa region.


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