Sawa Kurotani

Sawa Kurotani
Sociology and Anthropology

Sawa Kurotani is a professor of anthropology and sociology who can comment on topics pertaining to Japanese culture, cultural identity, globalization, gender and sexuality, popular music and Japanese popular culture, among others.

She is the author of the book “Home Away from Home: Japanese Corporate Wives in the United States,” and she currently writes a monthly column for Daily Yomiuri, one of the leading English-language daily newspapers published in Japan.

Kurotani has a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Illinois. She earned her undergraduate in English at Linfield College.

Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Japan studies
  • Gender issues
  • Globalization
  • Gender roles in Japan
  • Social issues in Japan
  • Japan popular culture
  • Japan and globalization
  • Ethnographic method
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Cultural identity
  • Globalization
  • Popular music studies
  • Women’s domestic labor

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