Nominators said Reed’s award-winning 2016 book and other publications and exhibitions have been transformational.
His monograph, “Bachelor Japanists: Japanese Aesthetics and Western Masculinities,” published by Columbia University Press, won the highly competitive annual book prize from the Modernist Studies Association.
One art historian said Reed was already a premier scholar on Japanese art, but that his new book shows he is “a brilliant writer” and that “the rich harvests of his research comes together in scintillating narrative.” Another called the book “a tour-de-force demonstration of the richness of cultural analysis that can be produced by the simultaneous deployment of insights from queer studies, gender studies, global and ethnicity studies, and cultural studies.” A scholar of Japanese history called Reed “one of the most exciting, imaginative and highly productive scholars.”
Nominators praised Reed’s other work, both in volume and in impact. Reed has produced 10 academic books, three within the past five years, that cover his long-standing interests in American and British art history, global modernist studies and LGBT studies. His stature as a researcher of national and international renown within these interlocking fields is almost unparalleled, a nominator said.
“Quantity aside, the significance of his work is qualitative: all of it aims to articulate, with thoughtful erudition, theoretical sophistication, dense abstraction, and occasional wry humor grand unified theory weaving together art, literature, sexuality, racial and ethnic studies, and postcolonial globalism,” a nominator said.
Colleagues said Reed has long been known as a major art historian of the British Bloomsbury Group, but that his wide-ranging research talents create an eclectic body of work that’s thoughtfully and uniquely approached.
“Reed has drawn together several research areas into a remarkable set of publications that have transformed his fields and, in turn, helped him launch new programs and initiatives at Penn State,” a nominator said.