Anna received her BA from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London) in Japanese and Management, an MSc in International Employment Relations and HRM from the London School of Economics, and an MA in Sociology from New York University. She has worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, completed graduate-level work at Sciences Po Paris and the Max Planck Institute and has held visiting appointments at the University of Tokyo's Institute of Social Science, Waseda University (Tokyo), Ochanomizu Women’s University (Tokyo), the German Institute for Japanese Studies and New York University. She has received fellowships and awards from the Japan Foundation, NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Max Planck Institute, the German Institute for Japanese Studies, the Japanese American Association of New York, the Toshiba International Foundation, the Eastern Sociological Society and the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics.