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Laura Miller, PhD

laura millerEiichi Shibusawa-Seigo Arai Endowed Professor of Japanese Studies and Professor of History

Phone: (314) 516-7246
Email: millerlau@umsl.edu
Dr. Miller's International Studies and Programs faculty page 

Education: Dr. Laura Miller received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1988. She came to UMSL in August 2010.

She is an internationally prominent scholar of Japan studies and linguistic anthropology. After graduation from the University of California, Santa Barbara with BA degrees in Anthropology and Asian Studies, she supervised an English language program for a Japanese company in Osaka (1977-1981). She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1988.

Miller has published more than seventy articles and book chapters on Japanese culture and language. She is the author of Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics (University of California Press, 2006). She co-edited Modern Girls on the Go: Gender, Mobility, and Labor in Japan (with Freedman and Yano, Stanford University Press, 2013), Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and Etiquette in Japan(with Bardsley, University of California Press, 2011), and Bad Girls of Japan (with Bardsley, Palgrave 2005). Diva Nation: Female Icons from Japanese Cultural History, co-edited with Rebecca Copeland, will be published in June 2018 by the University of California Press.

Two of Miller’s recent journal articles include “Girl culture in East Asia,” in Transnational Asia: an online interdisciplinary journal and “Japanese tarot cards,” in ASIA Network Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Art 24 (1): 1-28

Miller has been active as a leader in many professional organizations, and is currently the Vice President of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, and member of the American Advisory Committee for the Japan Foundation. She serves as an Associate Editor for the multi-volume International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology, to be published by Wiley Blackwell.