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Marnie S. Anderson specializes in the social and cultural history of modern Japan. She received her B.A. from Smith College and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Her recent 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 the late nineteenth century. Her research interests include legal history and histories of political activism at the local level in the 1870s and 1880s. She is also working on a study of the geisha turned activist Sumiya Koume (1850-1920). 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, social protest and images of Japanese women.