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Paul Christensen

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Dr. Paul Christensen teaches anthropology, with expertise in cultural anthropology, Japan/Japanese culture, psychoactive alcohol addiction and recovery, and gender and masculinity. His book on Alcoholism, Masculinity, and Japan: Suffering Sobriety in Tokyo combined several of his areas of interest. Dr. Christensen has been invited to make presentations at Harvard, University of Missouri at St. Louis, and University of Hawaii at Manoa. He also co-advises the Fancy Tea-Time Society. Check out his personal web page.

Teaching Interests

  • Anthropology
  • Japan studies
  • Sociology

Research Experiences

  • Psychoactive substance use and recovery - particularly as applied to alcoholism
  • Theories of substance use and recovery - particularly as applied to the body
  • Gender and masculinity
  • Geographic areas: Japan, Hawaii and Brazil

Select Publications & Presentations

  • “Scripting Addiction, Constraining Recovery: Alcoholism and Ideology in Japan,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting in Seattle, April 2016
  • “Scripting Addiction, Constraining Recovery: Alcoholism and Ideology in Japan,” ASIANetwork Annual Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida, March 2016
  • Alcoholism, Masculinity, and Japan: Suffering Sobriety in Tokyo, Lexington Books, 2015
  • “The Program is Perfect: Narcotics Anonymous and the Managing of the American Addict,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Denver, November 2015
  • “Connoisseurship and Drunkenness in Tokyo,” International Journal of Drug Policy, Volume 25, Issue 4, 2014
  • “Tokyo Alcoholics and the Pursuit of a ‘Good Place’,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., December 2014
  • “The Burden of Sobriety: Alcoholism and Masculinity in Japan,” First International Conference on Men and Masculinities, Izmir, Turkey, September 2014
  •  “The Burden of Sobriety: Alcoholism and Masculinity in Japan,” Pan Japan: The International Journal of the Japanese Diaspora, Volume 8, Issue 2, 2012

Awards & Honors

  • Teddy Amoloza Award, ASIANetwork, October 2015
  • Leadership Fellow, American Anthropological Association, 2013
  • Northeast Asia Council Japan Studies Grant for short-term research, 2012

Academic Degrees

  • BA, University of Washington, 2000
  • MA, San Francisco State University, 2004
  • PhD, University of Hawai͚i at Mānoa, 2010