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Prof. Glenda S. Roberts

Glenda S. Roberts obtained her PhD in Anthropology from Cornell University in 1986.  After holding research and academic positions in Honolulu from 1988, she has lived and worked in Japan since 1996, first at the University of Tokyo Institute of Social Sciences, and then, from 1998 to the present, at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies of Waseda University, where she is Professor. Her major areas of research are on gender, work, family, and migration policy in contemporary Japan.    In the migration field, she has co-edited two books: Gabriele Vogt and Glenda S. Roberts, eds., Migration and Integration—Japan in Comparative Perspective. Munich: Iudicium, 2011, and, with Mike Douglass, Japan and Global Migration:  Foreign Workers and the Advent of a Multicultural Society.  London and New York:  Routledge 2001).  Her most recent work in the migration field is “An Immigration Policy by any Other Name: Semantics of Immigration to Japan,” (SSJJ 21(1)2018).  She is currently serving on the 7th Deliberative Committee for Immigration Control Policy, Ministry of Justice of Japan.  She spent 2017-18 as a Visiting Scholar at EHESS in Paris, and the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center, in Honolulu. Her current research projects are “Work-Life Balance and Well-being for Middle-Class Families in Paris and Tokyo”, and “Inclusion and integration of diversity:  Employers, newcomer migrant workers, and their communities in Japan.” She is the President of the Society for East Asian Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association.

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