UC Berkeley History of Art Department

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Graduate Student Instructors

  • Joel Thielen

    Graduate Student Instructor

  • Bio

    Joel Thielen (2016) studies Japanese Buddhist art. His interest centers on how Zen images reflect their specific contexts, including specific theological ideas, monastic contexts, and national traditions. He is also interested in how Zen practices shift as they move from one country to another—from Japan to the West. Joel received his BA from Colorado College in 2011.