search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - SUZANNE O'BRIEN

DF (1996)

Fellow Information:
First Name
SUZANNE
Middle Name
GAIL
Last Name
O'BRIEN
Sex
Female
Organization
Boston University
Title
Assstant Professor
Contact Address:
Address Type
Office
Address 1
Dept. of History, Boston University
Address 2 (optional)
226 Bay State Road
City
Boston
State
MA
Zip Code
02215
Country
United States
Telephone
617-372-6743
Email
sgobrien@bu.edu
*Survey URL
http://www.jfny.org/fellowship_survey/survey.php?id=3948&sid=c4a3d257f6577cae531a06291e8008ca
Questions:
1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: A. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies at a university or research institution.

Field of Study:  

2. Please describe what you are currently doing. (If you have your own website or any relevant site, provide its URL.)

Answer: My current research focuses on masculinity and consumer culture in the early postwar era. My previous work has spanned Tokugawa and Meiji social and cultural history.

3. Where did you acquire your most advanced Japanese language training for your research?

Answer: A. I learned it at a university. ( )

4. Have you ever participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme?

Answer: NO

5. Have you earned a doctoral degree?

Answer: YES
Year: 2003
Field: History
University: Columbia University

Optional Inquiry:
1. Please describe briefly how the Japan Foundation Fellowship experience influenced your career.

Answer: I have been fortunate to receive support from the Japan Foundation not only for my dissertation research but also for the preliminary research for my new project on postwar masculinity as imagined through the marketing and consumption of such male-oriented consumer goods as cigarettes, cameras, and cars between 1945 and 1964. The dissertation grant enabled me to conduct all the research for my PhD thesis, and the support I received this past summer enabled me to complete almost half of the research for my new project. These grants have been absolutely crucial to advancing my research agenda, enabling me to complete my dissertation and first book, and helping me get my new project going.

2. The Japan Foundation is planning to create a network or forum among past Japan Foundation fellows. Please let us know if you have any suggestions in terms of themes, format, etc.

Answer: Possible themes: postwar cultural history, gender, consumer culture or leisure.