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Edwards, Elise

Associate Professor - Anthropology


Jordan Hall - 349B


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 Fall 2014:

AN346: The Anthropology of Sport

SW215: Being Human: Anthropological Approaches to Life and Meaning


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