Professor of Japanese Culture and Media Studies

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Ian Condry is an anthropologist who focuses on cultural movements that go global from below.  How did hip-hop take root in Japan?  How did anime (Japanese animation) become a global phenomenon?  How is contemporary music shattering our understandings of capitalism and what leads to jobs in the so-called gig economy?  Each of his projects uses ethnographic fieldwork to get at the experiences and voices of those at the leading edges of social and cultural transformations.  He is the author of two books, Hip-Hop Japan:  Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization (2006) and The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story (2013), both from Duke University Press and available in Japanese too.  He is currently working on a book about music -- in Japan, the US, and elsewhere -- and the ways the new social and economic relations offer new livelihoods, providing lessons for how we can work towards a more fair and sustainable economy.   

Research Areas / Expertise: Japan, anthropology, popular culture, media studies, globalization

1999 Ph.D. Yale
1995 M.Phil. Yale
1987 B.A. Harvard