Director of Student Programs and Research Curator for University Collections Initiatives
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D.Phil., University of Oxford
M.Phil., University of Oxford
A.B., Columbia University
David Odo directs the museums’ student programs, including the undergraduate student guide program and the graduate student teacher program, which train students to conduct in-depth, collections-based research, to work with curators and conservators, and to develop their own tours or curricula to facilitate meaningful conversations about art. He is a visual and material anthropologist, with primary research and teaching interests in the anthropology of art, especially early Japanese photography and the body in art and material culture. An expert on 19th-century Japanese photography, Odo has published and lectured widely on museum pedagogy and early photography. He teaches the Harvard course The Body in Art and Material Culture. He is the founding editorial board member of Trans-Asia Photography Review, an international journal devoted to the discussion of historical and contemporary photography from Asia.
The Journey of “A Good Type”: From Artistry to Ethnography in Early Japanese Photographs. Cambridge, Mass.: Peabody Museum Press, 2015.
“Curating ‘A Good Type.’” In Uncertain Images: Museums and the Work of Photographs, ed. Elizabeth Edwards and Sigrid Lien, 165–80. Farnham, U.K.: Ashgate, 2014.