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Marnie S. Anderson specializes in the social and political history of modern Japan with an emphasis on gender history. She received her B.A. from Smith College and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Her book A Place In Public: Women's Rights in Meiji Japan (Harvard University Asia Center, 2010) examines discourses about gender, citizenship, and the nation in late nineteenth-century Japan. She is currently working on a book manuscript about a group of activists in Okayama tentatively entitled “Political Modernity and Social Activism in Meiji Japan.” Anderson serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Women's History and directs the Program in East Asian Studies at Smith.
Her course offerings include two surveys of Japanese history from ancient times to the present, a survey of modern East Asia, and specialized courses on gender in Japanese history, World War II in East Asia, and social protest.