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Joseph R. Hawkins


Contact Information
E-mail: jrhawkin@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-4940
Office: UUC 217



Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Southern California, 6/1999

Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Researcher, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan, 2001-2002   

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

I am interested in issues of social equality especially as they relate to homosexuality in Japan and in the United States. Most specifically I am concerned with historical issues of discrimination and cross-cultural comparisons of same sex expression, political struggles and identity construction. I am also interested in the preservation of historical documents in the Southern California region of the United States. And finally I am interested in issues of discrimination in the California elite restaurant industry.

Research Keywords

Japan, Homosexuality, Rituals, Elite Restaurants

Research Specialties

Japan, homosexuality, elite restaurants

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching , Joseph R. Hawkins, $5,000, Fall 2010   
National Endowment for the Humanities , Joseph R. Hawkins, Greg Williams, $276,086, 2009-2010   
IT and technology grant (David Bohnett), Joseph R. Hawkins, ONE Naitonal Gay and Lesbian Archives, $25,000, 2008-2009   
Information Technology Improvement (David Bohnett Foundation), Joseph R. Hawkins, $20,000, 2008-2009   
Arts Grant- for ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives (Los Angeles County Arts Commission), Joseph R. Hawkins, Carol Grosvenor, $10,400, 2008-2009   
Our Struggle for Marriage Equality Exhibit at Councilman Bill Rosendahl's West LA Office (City of Los Angeles), Joseph R. Hawkins, ONE Naional Gay and Lesbian Archives, $8,900, 2008-2009   
Shelving at ONE Archives (National Endowment for the Humanities), Joseph R. Hawkins, Greg Williams, $6,000, 2008-2009   
General Operating Funds- ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives (Rainbow Endowment), Joseph R. Hawkins, $5,000, 2008-2009   
Exhibtion Funding (City of West Hollywood), Joseph R. Hawkins, Greg Williams, $4,000, 2008-2009   
GenderPlay Exhibition Funding (City of West Hollywood), Joseph R. Hawkins, Jean Cordova, $4,000, 2008-2009   
Film Editing: Sacred Striptease: A Rite of renewal and Plenty (Center for Visual Anthrpology), Joseph R. Hawkins, $1,000, 2008-2009   
General Operating Funds- ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives (Aaroe Foundation), Joseph R. Hawkins, $2,500, 2007-2008   
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Capital Campaign (California Cultural and Historical Commission), Joseph R. Hawkins, $327,500, 2006-2007   
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Archival Processing (National Historical Publications and Records Commi), Joseph R. Hawkins, $196,000, 2006-2007   
Research Fellowship (Social Science Research Council), Joseph R. Hawkins, $60,000, 2001-2002   
Field Research Grant- Film (Yale Council on East Asian Studies), Joseph R. Hawkins, $6,000, 2001-2002   

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, President, Board of Directors, http://www.onearchives.org

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Ichinobe Hadaka Matsuri", Association of Asian Studies, Talk/Oral Presentation, Chicago, 2008-2009   
"Mishima Yukio & Masculinities in the Spectacle of the Rituals of Hadaka Matsuri", American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, Roundtable/Panel, Philadelphia, PA, Invited, 2008-2009   
"Hadaka Matsuri, Masculinity, and Violence", Association of Applied Anthropologists, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Vancouver, B.C., 2006-2007   
"Ritual, Manhood and Averting Another Columbine", American Anthropological Association Meetings, Talk/Oral Presentation, San Jose, CA, 2006-2007   

Other Presentations

"ONE Archives Film and Video Collections", Outfest Legacy Project Screening, Hammer Museum/UCLA, Los Angeles, 2006-2007   
"Out of the Closet", Symposium for Access to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Archives, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 2006-2007   



McLelland, Mark, Katsuhiro Suganuma and James Welker (Ed.). (2007). Queer Voices from Japan. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.

Book Review

Hawkins, J. R. (2006). Review of Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Age. Journal of Asian Studies.

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

35 min Ethnographic FilmFilm, Sacred Striptease: A Japanese Rite of Renewal and Plenty, 2010-2011   
Curated Exhibition, Queer History: The Photography of A.J. Epstein, 2009-2010   
Curated Exhibition, An Enlightened Enthusiast: A Retrospective of the Works of Pat Rocco, 2009-2010   
Curation of Exhibit, The Works Painter of Tom Ellis, 2009-2010   
Curation of Exhibitions, 2009 Queer Culture: The Images of A.J Epstein, Exhibit at ONE Archives Gallery and Museum, Exhibit at ONE Archives Gallery and Museum 2009 Pat Rocco: An Enlightened Enthusiast, Exhibit at ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, 2009-2010   
Curation of Exhibits, 2010 The Glamorous Gaze: Portraits by Mark Viera, 1973-1983 Exhibit at ONE Archives Gallery and Museum 2010 The Works of Tom Ellis, Exhibit at ONE Archives Gallery and Museum, 2009-2010   
Director of Exhibit, The Los Angeles Getty Museum, Pacific Standard Time Exhibit Oct 2011, 2009-2010   
Ethnographic Film, 35 min., Sacred Striptease: A Japanese Rite of Renewal and Plenty, 2009-2010   
Curation of Exhibitions, Retrospective of the History of Christopher Street West- November 2008- January 2009 Queer Theory: The New Works of Wolfgang Bauer- January-March 2009 GenderPlay: in Lesbian Culture- March-May 2009 , 2008-2009   



Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students

I have provided in excess of 80 hours of student advisement on a range of issues from participation in job searches, application to graduate programs and planning of career paths., 2007-2008   

Guest Lectures in Courses

LGBT Studies: CSU Northridge Guest Lectured, 2009-2010   

New Courses Developed

Hand-on Gender and Sexuality: Research at ONE Archives, Gender Studies, Archival Research Methodologies Course taught at ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, 2009-2010   
Movements for Social Equality in Modern Japan, Gender Studies, Studies of Japan often speak in terms of racial and ethnic homogeneity and the standardization of the national school system. Despite these stereotypes, Japan has a long history of dealing with social intolerance, resistance, and social change. This course’s purpose is to examine social change and social inequality from the Meiji period (1867-1912) to the turn of the 21st century. The course will cover immigrant peoples including the movement of the Ainu to reservations, the equal rights movement of the burakumin, and the struggles of Chinese, Korean, and Middle Eastern immigrant workers. In addition Japanese gender movements will be examined from First Wave through contemporary Japanese feminist struggles, gei (gay) politics from the Meiji to the present and an emerging Japanese Men’s movement. The course will be taught using anthropological, gendered, and social equality perspectives., 2008-2009   
Undergraduate Archival Research Course in Queer and LGBT Studies, Gender Studies, Taught at ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives by Joseph Hawkins, Ph.D, and President of ONE’s Board, this course will teach undergraduate students qualitative methodologies and research techniques for doing archival research in the largest lgbt archive in the world. The course will provide hands on access to primary resource materials and include some exciting topics like: Oral Histories, Film and Documentary Studies, Visual Culture, Sound Archives, Manuscripts and Correspondence, Preservation Techniques and Popular Media Research. This is a truly unique opportunity for those interested in the future of the queer past to become intimate with their history. There will be an option to produce your own mini-documentary., 2008-2009   

Service to the University


Member, Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists- Treasurer, 2009-2010   

Review Panels

Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Grant Reviws for Folk and Arts Festivals, 2009-2010   

Other Service to the University

Collections Acquisition at ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Michael Goodwin- Good Jack Chronicles of Same Sex- Personal Papers Alan Cantwell- Studies of the origin of AIDS Bill Moritz Collection- Professor of Film at USC/UCLA Christopher Street West, Organization of the Los Angeles Parade Betty Berzon- Psychologist, Activist and co-founder of Project 10- 25 boxes Bob Smith- Comedian Los Angeles Shanti- AIDS organization Jeanne Cordòva Papers- Los Angeles Activist and entrepreneur Grant Barnes- Personal Papers Max Turner- Playwright and Novelist Manuscripts and Personal Papers Raymond Reece- Act-Up Los Angeles Reverend Dusty Pruitt- records MCC Minister in Long Beach Rob Cole- Editor of the Advocate and News West Mary Whitlock- Lesbian Photographs Nancy Rosenblum- Lesbian Photographer Greg Strom- Bodybuilder, writer In negotiation- Marlon Riggs Papers- Preeminent documentary filmmaker, poet and performance artist- scope yet unknown , 2008-2009   
President, Board of Directors, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, 2001-2008  

Service to the Profession

Professional Memberships

American Anthropological Association, 1995-2009  
Association of Asian Studies, 1995-2009  

Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

Los Angeles Magazine, April 2009, 2008-2009   
The Advocate Magazine, December 2, 2008, 2008-2009   
Frontier Magazine, "A ONE in a MIllion Museum," p 19-20, Fall 2008   
Los Angeles Times Article, October 14th Calendar Section, "Taking a Look at Gay History", Fall 2008   

Other Service to the Profession

Developed the ONE Archive Gallery and Museum Space in West Hollywood, CA, Fall 2008   
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