Scholarly Interests: Socio-Cultural and historical anthropology: art, artificial life museums, and visual culture, biotechnology and bioethics, colonialism and imperialism, cultural history, ethnography, teminist theory, history of eugenics and bioethics, human-robot interface, mass/popular culture, race and ethnicity, sex/gender systems, sexual cultures, symbolic anthropology, urban Anthropology, women's studies.
Jennifer Robertson is Professor of Anthropology and History of Art, and has a non-budgeted appointment in Women's Studies. She has published six books-- Native and Newcomer: Making and Remaking a Japanese City (University of California Press, 1991, 1994); Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Political Culture in Modern Japan, (UCP, 1998; 3rd ptg. 2001; Japanese translation 2000 by Gendai Shoken), Same-Sex Cultures and Sexualities: An Anthropological Reader (Blackwell, 2004), A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan (Blackwell, 2005), and Politics and Pitfalls of Japan Ethnography: Reflexivity, Responsibility, and Anthropological Ethics (Routledge 2009), and is completing a seventh, Blood and Beauty: Eugenic Modernity and Empire in Japan (UCP). In addition to authoring numerous articles , Robertson is the originator and series editor of Colonialisms (UCP) and co-editor, Critical Asian Studies.