Emma Cook degree icon

Associate Professor

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Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University

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Feel free to contact me at:

cook [at] imc.hokudai.ac.jp

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

  • 04/2015 – Present: Associate Professor, Modern Japanese Studies, Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University
  • 04/2013 – 03/2015: Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Office of International Affairs, Hokkaido University


Previous Employment

  • 2012-2013. Adjunct Lecturer at University of Tokyo, Japan. Taught Postgraduate Course: 31D210-0570S Seminar on Cultural Anthropology III
  • 2012-2013. Adjunct Lecturer at International Christian University, Japan. Taught an Advanced Undergraduate Course: (ANT208) Readings in Anthropological Texts
  • 2012-2013. Adjunct Lecturer at Meiji Gakuin University, Japan. Courses taught include undergraduate classes: (KC3005) ‘Gender and Society’ and (KC2001) ‘Introductory Seminar Course in Globalisation’
  • 2012-2013. Adjunct Lecturer at Hosei University, Japan. Taught an Undergraduate Course: (A6949/121107) Ethnographic Readings of Japan
  • 11/2011 & 11/2012. Substitute Lecturer at Temple University, Japan. Taught classes in undergraduate courses: Introduction to Japanese Culture, Introduction to East Asia: Japan, and Representing Race
  • 2009-2010. Teaching Fellow at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Undergraduate Course (Year 1): (151801003) Social Theory
  • 2008-2009. Teaching Assistant at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Undergraduate Course (Year 1): (151802033) Theory in Anthropology, and Undergraduate Course (Year 2): (15PANH024) Issues in the Anthropology of Gender.



  • 2010. Ph.D. Social Anthropology. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. PhD Thesis titled: ‘Failing Freeters: Young Men, Masculinity and Adulthood in Japan’
  • 2001. MSc. Social Anthropology, The University of Edinburgh. Dissertation titled: ‘Ethnicity, Identity and Indigenousness: The Ainu and Japan as a case in point’.
  • 2000. BSc. (Hons) Archaeology, The University of Liverpool.



  • 2016-2019 JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) for: ‘When Food is Risky: Food Allergies in Japan and the UK’.
  • 2010-2011. JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2008-2009. Meiji Jingu Studentship
  • 2007-2008. Federation for Women Graduates (FfWG) Main Foundation Grant
  • 2006-2007. Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship.


Research Interests & Teaching Competencies

  • Food and Sociality
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Affect, Emotions, Risk & Wellbeing
  • Contemporary Anthropology of Japan
  • Anthropology of Gender & Sexuality
  • Neoliberal labour & Globalisation
  • Ethnographic Representation
  • Introduction to Social/Cultural Anthropology
  • Anthropological Theory
  • Social Science Research Methods


Professional Service

  • Journal Article Peer Reviewer for: Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, Gender and Sexuality, Asian Studies Review
  • 2010-present. Japan Anthropology Workshop Newsletter Editor.
  • 2017. Co-Convenor of the Anthropology and Sociology Section of the European Association of Japanese Studies, Lisbon August 2017.
  • 2016. Panel Co-0rganiser. ‘The Skill of Feeling With the World: Culture Entangled in Affective, Sensory and Material Enactments’. East Asian Anthropological Association. October 2016
  • 2011. Panel Organiser. ‘Discursive Masculinities in Modern Japan’. Association for Asian Studies, Honolulu, Hawai’i