Jennifer Robertson
    Jennifer Robertson is Professor of Anthropology and the History of Art at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has non-budgeted appointments as Professor of Art & Design and Professor of Women's Studies, and is a faculty associate in the Anthropology/History Program. Robertson is a former director and member of the Center for Japanese Studies, and an associate in the Science, Society and Technology Program, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, and Center for South Asian Studies. She is also on the faculty of the Robotics Institute.
     She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University in 1985, where she also earned a B.A. in the History of Art in 1975. The recipient of many fellowships and awards, Robertson was an Invited Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (1996-1997) and a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2011-2012).  ACLS, SSRC, NEH, Japan Foundation, Wenner Gren, and Fulbright are among her other fellowships.
     Robertson is the originator and General Editor of COLONIALISMS, a book series from the University of California Press. Books in the series explore the historical realities, current significance, and future ramifications of imperialist practices with origins and boundaries outside of "the West." She is also a co-editor of Critical Asian Studies (http://criticalasianstudies.org).  
     Her seven books and over eighty articles and chapters address a wide spectrum of subjects ranging from the 17th century to the present, including nativist and social rectification movements, agrarianism, sex and gender systems and ideologies, mass and popular culture, nostalgia and internationalization, urbanism, the place of Japan in Anthropology, sexuality and suicide, theater and performance, votive and folk art, imperialism and colonialism, eugenics and bioethics, and robotics. Her publications have been translated into German, Finnish, French, Hebrew and Japanese. She offers graduate and undergraduate courses on anthropological history, theories and methods; non-western colonialisms; art, identity, and anthropology; bio-art; robot-human interaction; image-based ethnography; mass and popular cultures; ethnic diversity in Japan; sex, gender and sexuality; and Japanese culture and society, among others.
     Robertson is currently writing and editing articles and books on the cultural history of Japanese colonialism, eugenics, bio-art and contemporary art, ideologies of "blood," and service robots in Japan and elsewhere. Her new book, Robo sapiens japanicus:  Robots, Gender, Family and the Japanese Nation (University of California Press) will be published in Fall 2017 
(http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520283206). Although her primary area specialty is Japan, where she has lived for over two decades, Robertson has also worked in Sri Lanka (1982-1992) and since 1997 has been working in Israel as well.  In addition to her academic work, she makes collages, watercolors, serigraphs, ceramics, and oil paintings (www.biwahamistudio.com).