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DrewFoster

Graduate Student

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Center for Japanese Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Culture & Knowledge
    • Power, History & Social Change
  • About

    Right now I'm completing my dissertation: a qualitative study of the issue of re-learning how to use the body in society after experiencing traumatic bodily injury. The project comprises an inductive ethnographic study of a spinal cord injury rehabilitation facility and the doctors, staff, and patients who inhabit it. The phenomenon under study is the post-injury body — its normative construction, its attendant (normative) recovery regimen, its identity politics, etc. I'm also conducting a large-N statistical study of student learning outcomes of blogging relative to traditional reflection assignments.

    As for my time before Michigan: In 2008-09 I conducted research on Japanese university corporatization as a Fulbright Fellow at Hiroshima University. The following year I worked as the assistant director of international curriculum at a private school in rural Japan. Prior to my time abroad, I spent a summer as a research assistant at a diversity consulting firm, wrote a thesis on organizational distinctiveness among elite liberal arts colleges, and worked as a video game tester at Electronic Arts, Inc.  

  • Education
    • M.A. University of Michigan
    • B.A. Colorado College
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Sociology of Culture, Body & Embodiment, Theory, Qualitative Methods, Japan