Marnie S. Anderson

Professor of History

Marnie Anderson

Contact & Office Hours

Fall 2021
Tuesday 11 a.m.-noon; 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 has published articles in Japanese Studies, the Journal of Women’s History, and the U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal. Her first book, A Place in Public: Women's Rights in Meiji Japan, examined debates about the "woman question" in late 19th-century Japan. Anderson’s second book, In Close Association: Local Activist Networks in the Making of Japanese Modernity, 1868–1920, is forthcoming from the Harvard University Asia Center in 2022. She is also completing an invited article “From Status to Gender in Meiji Japan” for The Cambridge History of Japan (vol. 3: Modern Japan).

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 women and gender in Japanese history, World War II in East Asia, and social protest.

She is the proud mentor of Smith Posse 6, a group of amazing scholars from New York City.


Selected Publications & Media

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

"From Concubine to Activist and 'Anonymous Founder': The Role of Networks in Sumiya Koume's Life." In Bettina Gramlich-Oka, Anne Walthall, Sugano Noriko, and Miyazaki Fumiko, eds., Women and Networks in Nineteenth-Century Japan, 201-220. Ann Arbor MI: University of Michigan Press, 2020.

"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.