Anna is a postdoctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute and an affiliate of the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion, both at Harvard University University. She received her Ph.D. in September 2018 from the department of sociology at New York University.
Her dissertation, Making the Master Race, investigates state-led ethnoracial classification practices in mono-ethnic racial supremacies, specifically 20th century Germany and Japan. Her research makes use of mixed methods and draws on Japanese and German-language colonial and wartime archives to understand the construction of racialized difference in periods of rapid regime transition.
She is currently working on two collaborative projects: A quantitative text analysis project with Paul DiMaggio, and an archival documents based qualitative study with Stefan Bargheer (UCLA) that investigates changing conceptions of race through WWII-period Japanese and American military intelligence. Prior to that, she worked on a digital methods project on the Japanese communications crisis after the Fukushima nuclear accident, the role of Massive Open Online Courses in US higher education (with Vasant Dhar and Arun Sundararajan at Stern School of Business), and German wage regulation. After her MSc, she worked with Wolfgang Streeck at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne and researched the politics of demographic change in Germany and Japan. The results of this interdisciplinary and transnational research were published in an eight-volume series (link here).