Professor, 2006-present, Hamilton Campus
Art and Architecture History
“Visual Data: Alfred Kinsey’s Collection on Sexual Behavior in Humans.” Sex & Sexuality, Marlborough: Adam Matthew, 2021.
Jennifer Yamashiro received her BA in Art History and English Literature from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She spent her junior year at Manchester College, Oxford University and attended summer school at Gonville and Caius, Cambridge University in England. Yamashiro received an MA in English, followed by graduate studies in Art History, receiving an MA and a PhD from Indiana University. She is a professor in the department of Humanities and Creative Arts, where her teaching is informed by a passion for curating, leadership, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Yamashiro is a recipient of Miami University’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion award.
The Kinsey Institute has a stunning collection of more than 185,000 items that unite art and science. While conducting oral histories to study human sexuality, Alfred Kinsey and his team amassed supplementary sexually explicit material, including photographs, films, art, artifacts, and less conventional items. Kinsey spent years embroiled in a federal obscenity case to retain his academic freedom to acquire relevant materials. This overview of the institute’s collection highlights visual works and introduces the scientists’ use of imagery for their pioneering research. Adam Matthew’s digital resource provides broader access to this unique archive for scholars for the first time.