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Jennifer Robertson is professor of anthropology and the history of art at the University of Michigan. She has received numerous awards from the SSRC for her research, and most recently she was the recipient of a 2010 Abe Fellowship. A Japan specialist, her many books and articles address a wide, cross-cultural spectrum of subjects ranging from the seventeenth century to the present, including nativist and social rectification movements, sex and gender systems and ideologies, mass and popular culture, nostalgia and internationalization, 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 new book, Robo sapiens japanicus: Robots, Gender, Family and the Japanese Nation (University of California Press) will be published in fall 2017.