Scholarly Interests: Socio-Cultural and historical anthropology: art, bioart and visual cultures, colonialism and imperialism, ethnography, feminist theory, history of eugenics and bioethics, human-robot interactions, science and technology, mass/popular cultures, race and ethnicity, sex/gender systems.
Jennifer Robertson is Professor of Anthropology and History of Art, and has non-budgeted appointments in Women's Studies and the Penny Stamps School of Art and Design. She has published six books-- Native and Newcomer: Making and Remaking a Japanese City (University of California Press [UCP], 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, Robo sapiens japanicus: Robots, Eugenics and Posthuman Aesthetics (UCP). In addition to authoring over seventy articles , Robertson is the originator and series editor of Colonialisms (UCP) and co-editor, Critical Asian Studies.