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Toyota Visiting Professors

Endowed in 1988, the Toyota Visiting Professorship is granted to scholars from Japan and countries other than Japan in alternating years. It provides a rotating chair for scholars and public figures to spend one to two semesters at U-M to engage in academic exchange and research. Toyota Visiting Professors present public lectures, offer graduate seminars, and conduct research on various Japan-related topics.

Toyota Visiting Professors

2022-23

Emma Cook - Hokkaido University, Anthropology
emmacoo@umich.edu

I am a social and medical anthropologist whose research currently focuses on feeling, affect and emotion in food allergy experiences in Japan and the United Kingdom. I am particularly interested in exploring how the individual and social intersect, interact, and are embodied, and how cultural conceptions of food, food sharing, health, illness, and the body affect experiences of food allergies. The research constitutes three interlinked areas of investigation: The first relates to individual and affective experiences of allergies. The second explores social experiences of food allergies and how people manage a variety of social arenas. The third explores interactions with institutions such as schools, workplaces, and with respective medical communities in relation to diagnoses, management, and treatment of food allergies.

Past publications include a monograph titled, Reconstructing Adult Masculinities: Part-Time Work in Contemporary Japan (2016), an edited volume with Allison Alexy titled Intimate Japan: Ethnographies of Closeness and Conflict (2018), and articles in CultureMedicine and PsychiatryAsian Anthropology, and Social Science Japan Journal amongst others.

Previous Toyota Visiting Professors

The Toyota Visiting Professors at the Center for Japanese Studies have been:

2021-22

Charles McClean - Political Science

2020-21

Hwaji Shin - University of San Francisco, Sociology

2019-20
Levi McLaughlin - North Carolina State University, Religion

2018-19
Mariko Anno - Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ethnomusicology

2017-18
Eric Rath - University of Kansas, History

2016-17
Kazuhiro Soda - Filmmaker

2015-16
Satsuki Takahashi - George Mason University, Anthropology

David Leheny - Princeton University, Political Science

2014-15
Katsumi Nakao - J.F.Oberlin University, Anthropology

2013-14
J. Keith Vincent - Boston University; Japanese Literature, Comparative Literature, Queer Theory

2012-13
Mariko Okada - Japanese Performing Arts

2011-12
Melanie Trede - Heidelberg University; Art History

2010-11
Rieko Kage - University of Tokyo; Political Science

2009-10
Julia Adeney Thomas - University of Notre Dame; History

2008-09
Katsuya Hirano - Cornell University; History

2007-08
Mark McLelland - University of Wollongong; Sociology

2006-07
Sadafumi Kawato - Tokyo University; Japanese Politics

2005-06
Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni - Tel-Aviv University; Sociology, Anthropology, and East Asian Studies

2004-05
Kazue Muta - Osaka University; Sociology
Katsumi Nakao - Osaka City University; Anthropology

2003-04
Reinhard Zöllner - University Bonn; Japanese Studies

2002-03
Yukiko Tsunoda - Tanaka & Partners; Law
Ikuo Kabashima - University of Tokyo; Political Science

2001-02
Jordan Sand - Georgetown University; History and East Asian Languages and Cultures

2000-01
Takanori Fujita - Kyoto City University of Arts; Ethnomusicology
Fumiko Umezawa - Keisen University; Japanese Studies
Susumu Yamaguchi - University of Tokyo; Social Psychology

1999-2000
Stephen Vlastos - University of Iowa; Japanese Rural and Agricultural History
Donald McCallum - UCLA; Japanese Art History

1998-99
Hiroyuki Hashimoto - Morioka College; Folk Performing Arts
Mikiro Kato - Kyoto University; Japanese Cinema

1997-98
T.R. Reid - The Washington Post; Journalism
Norma Field - University of Chicago; Japanese Literature

1996-97
Teigo Yoshida - University of Tokyo; Anthropology
Hitoshi Miyake - Keio University; Religion
Hiroyoshi Ishikawa - Seijo University; Social Psychology

1995-96
Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney - University of Wisconsin at Madison; Anthropology

1994-95
Masako Notoji - University of Tokyo; Anthropology
Shuhei Hosokawa - International Research Center for Japanese Studies; Music
Kazufumi Manabe - Kwansei Gakuin University; Sociology

1993-94
Donald Richie - Film

1992-93
Hideo Kojima - Nagoya University; Education

1991-92
Jennifer Robertson - University of California at San Diego; Anthropology
Takie Sugiyama Lebra - University of Hawaii; Anthropology

1990-91
Kiyonori Sakakibara - Keio University; Business

1989-90
D. Eleanor Westney - Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Sociology/Business

1988-89
Motohiro Kondo - Chūō Kōronsha; Editor of Chūō Kōron