Marnie S. Anderson

Professor of History

Marnie Anderson

Contact & Office Hours

Fall 2020
Wednesday 3-4 p.m.; Friday 10-11 a.m.; Or by appointment.

Seelye Hall 408



Ph.D., M.A., University of Michigan

A.B., Smith College


Marnie S. Anderson specializes in the social and political history of modern Japan with an emphasis on gender history. She directs Smith’s program in East Asian studies. Her book, A Place in Public: Women's Rights in Meiji Japan, examines debates about the "woman question" in late 19th-century Japan. Anderson is currently working on a book manuscript about a group of activists in Okayama tentatively titled "In Close Association: Local Activist Networks in the Making of Japanese Modernity, 1868–1920."

Selected Publications & Media

Listen to "The Meiji at 150 Podcast" (Episode 23): Tristan Grunow (UBC) in conversation with Marnie Anderson.

"The Forgotten History of Japanese Women's History and the Rise of Women and Gender History in the Academy." Journal of Women's History, Vol. 32, No. 1 (2020): 62-84.

"Critiquing Concubinage: Sumiya Koume (1850-1920) and Changing Gender Roles in Modern Japan." Japanese Studies, Vol. 37, No. 3 (2017): 311-329.

"Women and Political Life in Meiji Japan: The Case of the Okayama joshi konshinkai (Okayama Women’s Friendship Society)," US-Japan Women's Journal, No. 44 (2013): 43-66.

"Women’s Agency and the Historical Record: Reflections on Female Activists in Nineteenth-Century Japan." Journal of Women’s History, Vol. 23, No. 1 (March 2011): 38-55.

A Place In Public: Women's Rights in Meiji Japan. Harvard University Asia Center, 2010.