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Edwards, Elise

Associate Professor - Anthropology


Jordan Hall - 349B
On leave until June 2013

Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise

My research interests include the anthropology of sport, the anthropology of science, gender studies, feminist theory, historical anthropology, mass/popular culture, theories of embodiment, urban anthropology, and visual culture. Most of my fieldwork has focused on cultures of sport--specifically soccer--in Japan. I am currently working to complete a book manuscript about soccer, corporate sport, the recession of the 1990s, and national identity in Japan, which is tentatively titled Fields for the Future: Soccer and Citizens in Japan at the Turn of the 21st Century. I am also beginning a new project on the intersections between the “hometown” soccer movement spurred by the Japan Football Association, grassroots activism, volunteerism, and ever-evolving relationships between public and private entities in contemporary Japan.  In the small pockets of time I can find away from teaching and research, I work with the Butler Women’s Soccer team as an assistant coach and head goalkeeping trainer.

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)

Courses Spring 2012:

SW264: Japan’s Past and Present/Presence: Understanding Japan on the Ground

AN342/ST310: Science, Technology & Society 


B.A. Stanford University, Masters and PhD University of Michigan


2012 Henry Luce Fellowship, School for Advanced Research

2009 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)/Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowship