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2015 EHESS France-Japan Foundation Award for Best Paper


The recipient of the 2015 EHESS France-Japan Foundation Award for Best Paper is: 

A. K. M. Skarpelis (New York University) for her article "War, Authoritarianism and the Origines of the Japanese Welfare State"

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Anna K. Skarpelis is a doctoral candidate in the department of sociology at New York University. Her dissertation investigates the racialised dimensions of German and Japanese welfare states from the early 20th century until the end of World War Two. She is currently working on a collaborative project with Stefan Bargheer (UCLA) that investigates changing conceptions of race through WWII-period Japanese and American military intelligence. In the past, she has worked on a digital methods project on the Japanese communications crisis after the Fukushima nuclear accident, the role of Massive Open Online Courses in US higher education (with Vasant Dhar and Arun Sundararajan at Stern School of Business), and German wage regulation.

Anna received her BA from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London) in Japanese and Management, an MSc in International Employment Relations and HRM from the London School of Economics, and an MA in Sociology from New York University. She has worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, completed graduate-level work at Sciences Po Paris and the Max Planck Institute and has held visiting appointments at Tokyo’s Waseda University, Ochanomizu Women’s University, the German Institute for Japanese Studies and New York University. She has received fellowships and awards from the Japan Foundation, NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Max Planck Institute, the German Institute for Japanese Studies and the Toshiba International Foundation.