Sawa Kurotani

College of Arts & Sciences

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Areas of Expertise

  • Japan and US
  • Globalization
  • Gender
  • Popular Music Studies
  • Transnationalism
  • Political Economy
  • Nationalism
  • Cultural Identity
  • Japanese Popular Culture
  • Women's Domestic Labor


Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1999

M.A., Anthropology, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1990

B.A., English, Linfield College, Oregon, 1988 

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Courses Taught

SOAN 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

SOAN 256 Japanese Society and Culture

SOAN 303 World Ethnographies

SOAN 342 Gender and Sexuality

SOAN 392 Anthropological Theories

SOAN 465 Theorizing Popular Music


2007. Death of a Salary Man: Heisei Fukyo and Erosion of the Middle Class in Contemporary Japan. In Death and Dying in Japan. Hikaru Suzuki, Ed. London: Routledge.

2007. Middle-Class Japanese Housewives and the Experience of Transnational Mobility. In Going First Class?: New Approaches Towards Privileged Movement and Travel. Vered Amit, ed. London: Berghahn.

2005. Home Away from Home: Japanese Corporate Wives in the United States. Durham: Duke University Press.

2005. "Omiyage, or What Japanese Tourists Take Back Home from the United States." In East-West Connections: Journal of Asian Studies Development Program.

2005. The South Meets the East: Global Aspirations and Regional Imaginations in North Carolina Research Triangle. In The American South in a Global World James Peacock, Harry Watson, and Carrie Matthews, eds. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

2004 Working against the "Field": Multi-Sited Transnational Ethnography and the Shifting Construction of Fieldwork. In Anthropologists in the Field. Lynne Hume and Jane Mulcock, eds. New York: Columbia University Press.

Awards, Honors, Grants

National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant (1996-97)

National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Workshop Grant (2005-06)