Ei'ichi Shibusawa-Seigo Arai Endowed Professor of Japanese Studies and Professor of Anthropology, University of Missouri, St. Louis
Laura Miller's research interests include linguistic ideology, folk models, popular culture, and gender representations in media and language, and writing systems. She is the author of Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics (UCP, 2006) and co-editor of Bad Girls of Japan (Palgrave, 2005) and Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and Etiquette in Japan (UPC, 2011). Her current book project Japanese Girl Stuff builds on multiple interests and expertise in linguistic anthropology, Japanese popular culture, and gender and media.
Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow in Japanese History, Washington University
Akira Shimizu is our Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow. For his dissertation "Eating Edo, Sensing Japan: Brand Foods and Market Culture in Late Tokugawa Japan, 1780-1868" he employed previously unused manuscripts from Japanese archives to explore the history of Japanese food culture in Edo (modern day Tokyo) Japan. His topic for this workshop will discuss regional speciality foods and tribute presentation (kenjo).