Jennifer Robertson

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Robinson, Jennifer

Professor of Anthropology, History of Art and Women's Studies

101 West Hall 1085 S. University Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1170

Office Location(s): 101 West Hall
Phone: 734.763.4682
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Center for Japanese Studies
    • Department of Anthropology
    • Department of History of Art
    • School of Art and Design
  • Fields of Study
    • Bio-Art and Robotics
    • Japanese Modern Painting, Printmaking, and Ceramics
    • Socio-Cultural and Historical Anthropology and Ethnography
  • About

    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.

  • Education
    • PhD, Anthropology, Cornell University, 1985
    • MA, Anthropology, Cornell University, 1983
    • MA, Asian Studies, University of Hawaii, 1977
    • BA, History of Art, Cornell University, 1975