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Neriko DoerrAssistant Professor of Anthropology and International Studies

Year Joined RCNJ: 2017

Contact Information

  • Phone: 201-684-7412
  • Email:
  • Office: A-209
  • Office Hours: E-mail for Appointment


  • B.A., and M.A. Keio University, Tokyo Japan
  • M.A., and Ph.D., Cornell University

Teaching Interests:

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • International Studies
  • Educational Anthropology
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Asian Studies

Research Interests:

  • Race Politics, Nationalism, Globalism, and Language Politics in the US, Japan, and Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Study Abroad, Civic Engagement, Language Education, Experiential Education
  • Politics of Representation—Media Studies, Museum Studies

Scholarly Activity:

  • 2017 The Romance of Crossing Borders: Studying and Volunteering Abroad. London: Berghahn Books. (co-edited with Hannah Taieb)
  • 2014 Rethinking Language and Culture in Japanese Education: Beyond the Standard. Bristol (UK): Multilingual Matters/Channel View Publications. (co-edited with Shinji Sato).
  • 2013 Constructing the Heritage Language Learner: Knowledge, Power, and New Subjectivities. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. (co-authored with Kiri Lee)
Recent Articles/Book Chapters
  • 2017 Learning as Othering: Narratives of Learning, Construction of Difference, and the Discourse of Immersion in Study Abroad. Intercultural Education 28(1): 90-103.
  • 2017 Discourses of Volunteer/Service Work and Their Discontents: Border Crossing, Construction of Hierarchy, and Paying Dues. Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice.
  • 2017 Beyond “Mixed Race” and “Unmixed Race”: Being and Having Race in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In Mixed Race Identities in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Kirsten McGavin and Farida Fozdar, eds. New York: Routledge.
  • 2016 Space of Pedagogic Imaginary: Interstice of Teacher’s Intent and Students’ Learning in Experiential Learning of Different Cultures. Education and Society. 34(1): 23-37
Recent Conference Presentations
  • 2017 Learning an “Enemy Language” as the Heritage Language: Politicization of Language and Family in a Japanese TV Show “Massan”. Annual Meeting of the International Pragmatics Association, Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 16-21.
  • 2017 Intersecting Chronotopes and Emerging Imaginary of Japan: Politics of Landscapes in Pokemon GO. Annual Meeting of the Asian Studies Association, Toronto, Canada, March 16-19.
  • 2016 Sanitized Intimacy that Dares: The Rituals of Discovering Alterity while Studying Abroad in Sierra Leone. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, November 16-20.
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