Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology
Ph.D. in Anthropology, Penn State University, 1997
Akiko Nosaka received her Ph.D. in anthropology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1997. Her core study interests are family and inter-generational relationships, which she approaches by looking at issues such as aging, gender, fertility, migration, and ethnicity. She conducted fieldwork research on female fertility behavior in relation to socio-cultural values and norms in rural Bangladesh. She also conducted research on the inter-generational family relationships of Germans and Turkish immigrants living in Germany. More recently, she has examined contemporary Japanese women's fertility with regard to their family structure and relationships. She is now beginning new research on the family demography of Japanese Americans in collaboration with Dr. Donna Leonetti at the University of Washington.