Merry White

Professor & Associate Chair

m-whiteOffice: 232 Bay State Road, #410A
Office Phone: 617-353-7711
Spring 2020: By appointment only (email)

Education History
PhD, Harvard University
MA, Harvard University
BA, Harvard College

Areas of Expertise
Japan, food anthropology, gender, family, travel, urban anthropology

Recent Publications

  1. Objects of Use and Beauty: Japanese Culinary Tools, Catalogue for exhibition (curated by Merry White and Debra Samuels) Fuller Museum, June-October 2018.
  2. “Japanese Cuisine” chapter in Asian Cuisines: Food Culture from East Asia…, Karen Christensen, editor, Berkshire, 2018
  3. Fast Food: Eating on Japan’s Bullet Trains, chapter in Food on the Move, edited by Sharon Hudgins, Reaktion 2018
  4. Review Essay, “Consuming Life in Post-Bubble Japan” in Social Science Japan Journal, Summer 2019

View Dr. White’s CV

Current Research
Currently conducting study of changing work experiences in Japan, using case studies of food workers in industrial, artisanal and domestic food work. In addition, conducting research on the Japanese whisky industry and continuing work on coffee and urban spaces in Japan.


  • AN 344/744: Modern Japanese Society
  • AN 308/708:Food in Place: Identity, Location and the Cultures of Taste
  • AN 345/745: Moving Experiences: Cultures of Tourism and Travel
  • AN 505: Women and Development: Asian Cases
  • AN 309/709: Boston: An Ethnographic Exploration