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I am a cultural anthropologist focusing on contemporary Japan, with interest in ideals and experiences of family lives, constructions of intimacy, and legal anthropology. My book manuscript, “Divorce and the Romance of Independence in Contemporary Japan,” considers how people negotiate freedom, happiness, and desire through divorce. My newer research project considers the intersections of family and citizenship in transnational relationships, particularly international child custody disputes and abductions.

I am an assistant professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Virginia. With funding from the Abe Fellowship, administered by the SSRC, I will be on research leave from July 2013 to August 2014.

You can find me at alexy [at] virginia.edu

My twitter, which mostly chronicles what I’ve read online recently, is here. Other things I’ve been reading or watching are here.