Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan is professor of history of art and director of undergraduate studies at Yale. She received her PhD in Japanese art from UCLA in 1988 and has taught at Yale since 1990. In her work Yiengpruksawan focuses on Buddhist art and iconography with an emphasis on political and social perspectives in the analysis of imagery and ritual. Since the early 1990s Yiengpruksawan has maintained a research and teaching commitment to modern Asian art. Among her publications are Buddhist Art Treasures from Nara (with Michael Cunningham and John Rosenfield, 1998); The Arts of Making Do: Catastrophe and Resilience in Kyoto Circa 1000; and Michinaga’s Peacocks: Regional Perspectives on Classical Japanese Art and Culture.