Job title: Chancellor's Fellow & Lecturer

Role: Director of Research, History of Art

Tel: +44 (0) 131 650 2340

Email: halle.o'

Research: See Dr Halle O'Neal on Edinburgh Research Explorer

​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: The Jeweled Pagoda Mandalas in Japanese Buddhist Art, is forthcoming with Harvard University Press. She has also published articles in The Art Bulletin and the Journal of Oriental Studies.

From 2017-2019, she will be working on a new project on medieval reuse and recylcing in Japanese Buddhist visual and material culture with the support of a British Academy research grant.

She is also the convenor of the History of Art Research Workshop and co-convenor of the Asian Religions Network at the University of Edinburgh.

Research Interests

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

Current PhD students

PhD Supervision Topics

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