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With residences in East and Southeast Asia and a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, Hannah Sigur researches the material culture of internationalism in Meiji Japan and America’s Gilded Age. She has taught and written on the traditional arts of Japan and East Asia at universities in California, USA  in Lisbon, Portugal, and as Contributor to Smarthistory.org. Her dissertation, Neoclassicism and National Identity: Japan, the United States and International Exhibitions 1862-1915, analyzed the ideology of architecture at world’s fairs. The Influence of Japanese Art on Design (Gibbs Smith, 2008) examines Japonisme, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Modern design pre-WWI. On the architecture of national identity at international expositions from 1867 – 1915, her essay on the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair’s iconic White City appears in What Happened? An Encyclopedia of Events that Changed America Forever, Vol. III (ABC-Cleo, 2010), while “Neoclassicism in Translation: Japan’s Hôôden at the World’s Columbian International Exposition, 1893”appears in Expanding Nationalisms at World’s Fairs: Identity, Diversity and Exchange 1855 – 1914 (Routledge 2017). 

Education/Academic qualification

Arts of Japan, Doctorate, Neoclassicism and National Identity: Japan, the United States, and International Expositions 1862-1915, New York University

Award Date: 1 Feb 2013

External positions

co-curator, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal

10 Jan 202322 Jun 2023

Supervisor, Fundação Oriente

15 Jan 20221 Oct 2023

Coordinator, Victorian Society in America

15 Jan 201918 Mar 2023


  • D204 Modern History
  • Meiji
  • Japanese studies
  • NA Architecture
  • World's Fairs
  • NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
  • E151 United States (General)
  • AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
  • BQ Buddhism
  • Arts
  • Buddhisn
  • PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR


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