Job title: Chancellor's Fellow & Lecturer

Tel: +44 (0) 131 650 2340

Email: halle.o'neal@ed.ac.uk

Current PhD students

Alina Sinelnyk

Abstraction in Chinese Contemporary Ink Painting

Alba Wang

Po-han Yang

PhD Supervision Topics

  • Japanese Buddhist art
  • Relics and reliquaries
  • Word and image studies

Halle O’Neal is a specialist in Japanese Buddhist art. Before joining History of Art as a Chancellor’s Fellow in the autumn of 2014, she worked as a Mellon Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University. She completed her PhD in the Kress Department of Art History at the University of Kansas and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University.

Her monograph, Word Embodied: Relics, Reliquaries, and Textual Images in the Jeweled Pagoda Mandalas, is forthcoming with Harvard University Press. She has also published articles in The Art Bulletin and the Journal of Oriental Studies.

Research Interests

  • Japanese Buddhist art
  • Word and image studies 
  • Relics and reliquaries
  • Performativity
  • Death commemorations in visual and material culture
  • Palimpsests
  • Digital Humanities