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Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa

Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Sociology
Expertise: Cultural Anthropology; Asian American; Japanese Internment; Visual Culture
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall 108
Office Hours: By appointment only Zoom
Phone: 714-532-7771
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
University of Southern California, Bachelor of Arts
Temple University, Master of Arts
Temple University, Ph.D.

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Stephanie Takaragawa is a cultural anthropologist whose research examines cultural display. Her research broadly focuses on media, art, performance, exhibition, and theme parks and their relationship to racial representation. Much of her work specifically looks at the Japanese-American incarceration during WWII and how that is understood, represented and memorialized in the present. Her teaching areas include cultural anthropology and visual culture, Asian American studies and race and ethnic studies. 

She was president of the Society for Visual Anthropology (2015-2017)(http://societyforvisualanthropology.org/) a subsection of the American Anthropological Association and a founding member of the curatorial collective Ethnographic Terminalia (http://ethnographicterminalia.org/).

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

2017 Howe, Cymene and Stephanie Takaragawa. “Surprise” (2017, July 27). Cultural Anthropology online, series on Collaborative Analytics.
Stephanie Takaragawa. Book review: Arnd Scheinder and Christopher Wright (eds.) ‘Between Art and Anthropology.’ Visual Anthropology 26(1).
Ethnographic Terminalia Presents: Zoe Bray. American Museum of Natural History. New York.
Workshop as Residency. (as part of Ethnographic Terminalia curatorial collective) Arts Incubator. Chicago, Il
Craig Campbell, Kate Hennessy, Fiona P McDonald, Trudi Lynn Smith, Stephanie Takaragawa. Thinking Through Collaboration. Anthropology News. October 2013.
The Audible Observatory (Ethnographic Terminalia exhibition) SOMArts, San Francisco lead curator
Stephanie Takaragawa and Victoria Carty. “The 2008 U.S. Presidential Election and New Digital Technologies: Political Campaigns as Social Movements and the Significance of Collective Identity.” Tamara: Journal for Organizational Inquiry 10(4): 73-89.
Ethnographic Terminalia, Eastern Bloc Gallery, Montreal, Canada Organizational Team
Kate Hennessy, Fiona P. MacDonald, Trudi Lynn Smith and Stephanie Takaragawa. “Ethnographic Terminalia 2010: 27 Works” Visual Anthropology Review 27(1): 57-73.
Maria Brodine, Craig Campbell, Kate Hennessy, Fiona P. MacDonald, Trudi Lynn Smith and Stephanie Takaragawa. “Ethnographic Terminalia: An Introduction” Visual Anthropology Review 27(1): 49-51.
Ethnographic Terminalia, DuMois Gallery and Barrister's Gallery, New Orleans, LA Curatorial Collective
Ethnographic Terminalia, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA Organizational Team