Nathaniel Smith

About Nathaniel Smith

Nathaniel M. Smith is a cultural anthropologist specializing in Japan. His research focuses on nationalism, social movements, and organized crime. His current manuscript is an ethnography of the moral and social worlds of Japan’s prominent rightist activist groups that traces their trajectory from the early post-WWII years, beyond the Cold War, and into the contemporary terrain of post-3.11 civil society. He maintains broad interest in the history of anthropology, political anthropology, urban studies and migration, ethnographic writing, and sound and visual studies. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Arizona, Dr. Smith spent two years serving as Japan Foundation Faculty Fellow in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Courses Taught

Anime and Japanese Visual Culture [JPN 245]

Japanese and Chinese Nationalism [EAS 466/566, POL 466/566]

Megacity Tokyo [JPN 345]

The Anthropology of Japan [JPN 425/525, ANTH 425/525]

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Contact Information

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and East Asian Studies
Telephone: (520) 621-5476
Office: Learning Services Building, Room 124


Dr Smith holds a Ph.D in anthropology (2011) and MA in East Asian Studies (2004) from Yale University, an MA in International Relations (2003) from Waseda University, and a BA in Foreign Language (2000) from the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Language from the University of California, Riverside.

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