Mini Biography

Anna is a comparative historical sociologist interested in questions of race, meaning making, agency and the transformation of large scale institutions (such as the welfare state). She speaks seven languages, some of them poorly.

She 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 Max Weber Foundation, the Japanese American Association of New York, the Toshiba International Foundation, the Eastern Sociological Society, the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics and the American Sociological Association.


Collaborative Projects

Anna is currently working on two collaborative projects: A computational 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 on 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).


AKMS on the Internet

Harvard Reischauer Institute

Postdoctoral Announcement on the Harvard Reischauer Institute website [LINK].


ASA Theory Section

The American Sociological Association's theory section newsletter featured my work in their Dissertation Spotlight section. You can read more about my work [LINK to PDF].


The École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales conferred me a paper award for my article "War, Authoritarianism and the Origins of the Japanese Welfare State". You can read the paper and find a short update on my work on the Japanese welfare state [LINK].