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Elise Edwards

Associate Professor - Anthropology History and Anthropology - LAS
Elise Edwards

Office Hours

  • from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
  • from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM


JH 349C

I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology as well as the Chair of the Department of History & Anthropology at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. My research interests include the history and culture of Japan, 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. More locally, I've become interested in the issue of homelessness, particularly here in my hometown of Indianapolis, and I will be working this summer to design a service learning course focused on the topic.

 Here is a link to my webpage.