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Dorinne Kondo

Professor of Anthropology and American Studies and Ethnicity

Contact Information
E-mail: kondo@rcf.usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-1910
Office: GFS 120

LINKS
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Education

Ph.D. Anthropology, Harvard University, 6/1982
M.A. Anthropology, Harvard University, 6/1978
B.A. Anthropology, Stanford University, 6/1975
 

Postdoctoral Training

Fellow, University of California, Irvine Humanities Research Institute, Spring 2002   
Research Fellow, Getty Research Institute, 2000-2001   
Institute of American Cultures Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA, 1993-1994   
Fellow, University of California, Irvine Humanities Research Institute, Fall 1993   
Rockefeller Fellow, Rice University, 1989-1990   
Rockefeller Fellow, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, 1987-1988   
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Professor of Anthropology and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California, 1997-  
MacArthur Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Anthropology; appointed to Full Professor in 1997, Pomona College, 1989-1997  
 

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Assistant Professor of Anthropology , Harvard University, 1982-1989  
 

PostDoctoral Appointments

Martha Sutton Weeks Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center, 2013-2014   
Member, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, 1987-1988   
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

cultural theory, performance , aesthetics and politics, cross-racial identification/ multiracial collaboration, modes of embodiment, ethnography
 

Research Keywords

Cultural Theory, Contemporary Performance in the U.S., Aesthetics and Politics, Race, Bodies/Subjects, Transnationalism, Japan and the United States
 

Research Specialties

(Ph.D., Harvard University, 1982) Professor of Anthropology and ASE. Specialties include: race and power, performance studies, theories of the subject, cultural theory.
 

Publications

Book

Kondo, D. K. Toward an Anthropology of Creativity: Making Art, Producing Difference in Contemporapry American Theater.
Kondo, D. K. (1997). About Face: Performing Race in Fashion and Theater, 1997.
Kondo, D. K. (1990). Crafting Selves: Power, Gender and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace, 1990.
 

Book Chapter

Kondo, D. K. (2005). "The Tea Ceremony: A Symbolic Analysis. (Vol. NA). No Journal Defined.
Kondo, D. K. (2005). "Polishing Your Heart: Artisans and Machines in Japan. Oxford: Empire of the Senses: The Sensual Culture Reader/ Berg Publishers.
 

Book Review

Kondo, D. K. (1988). Marriage in Changing Japan, by Walter Edwards. Contemporary Sociology.
Kondo, D. K. (1987). Becoming Japanese by Joy Hendry. The Journal of Asian Studies.
Kondo, D. K. (1986). Haruko's World by Gail Bernstein. Comparative Studies in Society and History. pp. 794-5.
Kondo, D. K. (1985). Gender, Self and Work in Japan: Some Issues in the Study of Self and Other. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. pp. 319-328.
Kondo, D. K. (1985). Gender, Self and Work in Japan: Some Issues in the Study of Self and Other. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. pp. 319-328.
Kondo, D. K. (1984). "Against the State by David Apter and Nagayo Sawa." "Behind the Mask by Ian Buruma." "The Japanese by Jean-Claude Courdy.". The New York Times Book Review..
Kondo, D. K. (1984). Work and Lifecourse in Japan by David Plath. Journal of Asian Studies,.
 

Journal Article

Kondo, D. (2010). DRESSTUDY, journal of the Kyoto Costume Institute. DRESSTUDY. Vol. April 2010
Kondo, D. K. (2005). "The Tea Ceremony: A Symbolic Analysis.". Empire of the Senses: The Sensual Culture Reader/ Oxford: Berg Publishers..
Kondo, D. K. (2004). "Dorinne Kondo, author of Crafting Selves and About Face, an interview with Nirmal Puwar.". Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture..
Kondo, D. K. (2001). How the Problem of ‘Crafting Selves’ Emerged. Contemporary Field Research: Perspectives and Formulations. Vol. 8, pp. 188-202.
Kondo, D. K. (2001). A Challenge from Without: A Conversation with Dorinne Kondo. Where the Id Was: Challenging Normalization in Psychoanalysis.. pp. 38-146.
Kondo, D. K. (2001). Visions of Possibility. Theater/special issue on Theater and Social Change,. Vol. 31 (3)
Kondo, D. K. (2001). Asian/Asian American Studies:(Un)Disciplined Subjects: (De) Colonizing the Academy?. Orientations: Mapping Studies In The Asian Diaspora./ Durham: Duke University Press.
Kondo, D. K. (2001). Orientalizing: Japanese Fashion. Toikakeru Fasshon: Shintai/ Imeeji/ Nihon (Inquiry into Fashion: Body, Image, Japan)..
Kondo, D. K. (2001). Life Patterns. program notes for Mark Taper Forum/ Asian Theatre Workshop production of Sunil Kuruvilla’s Rice Boy..
Kondo, D. K. (2000). (Re)visions of Race: Critical Race Theory and the Cultural Politics of Racial Crossover in Contemporary Documentary Performance. Theatre Journal,special issue on Latino Performance..
Kondo, D. K. (2000). Program Notes, The Square, Production of Mark Taper Forum/ Asian Theatre Workshop.
Kondo, D. K. (1999). Empire and Masculinity. Between Women and Nation/Durham: Duke University Press.
Kondo, D. K. (1999). Introduction. The Color of Language: Asian American Plays in a Multicultural Landscape. Applause Theatrebooks.
Kondo, D. K. (1996). Shades of Twilight: Anna Deavere Smith and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992.". Late Editions III: Media-tions. /Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Kondo, D. K. (1996). The Narrative Production of 'Home', Community and Identity in Asian American Theater. Dislocation, Diaspora and Geographies of Identity/ Durham: Duke University Press..
Kondo, D. K. (1995). Bad Girls: Theatre, Women of Color, and the Politics of Representation. Women Writing Culture./University of California Press.
Kondo, D. K. (1995). Poststructuralist Theory as Political Necessity. Amerasia Journal/Special issue on theory.
Kondo, D. K. (1993). Uchi no Kaisha: Company as Family?. Uchi/Soto: Shifting Linguistic and Social Boundaries./ Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Kondo, D. K. (1992). The Aesthetics and Politics of 'Japanese' Identity in the Fashion Industry. Remade in Japan: Everyday life and Consumer Tastes./ New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
Kondo, D. K. (1992). The Aesthetics and Politics and Artisanal Identities. Japanese Selves: Creating and Receiving Culture./ Cambridge: Cambridge University Press..
Kondo, D. K. (1992). Turning Leaves: The Photograph Collections of Two Japanese American Families by Richard Chalfen. Visual Anthropology.
Kondo, D. K. (1991). Feminism and Orientalism. Committee on Women in Asian Studies Newsletter.
Kondo, D. K. (1991). Women of Color and the Cultural Politics of Identity. California Sociologist. Vol. 15, pp. 57-70.
Kondo, D. K. (1990). M. Butterfly: Orientalism, Gender, and a Critique of Essentialist Identity. Cultural Critique. Vol. 16, pp. 5-29.
Kondo, D. K. (1989). The Forbidden Stitch. Sojourner,.
Kondo, D. K. (1987). Creating an Ideal Self: Theories of Selfhood and Pedagogy at a Japanese Ethics Retreat. Ethos. Vol. 15 (3), pp. 241-272.
Kondo, D. K. (1986). Dissolution and Reconstitution of the Self: Implications for Anthropological Epistemology. Cultural Anthropology. Vol. 1 (1), pp. 74-88.
Kondo, D. K. (1986). Review. Haruko's World by Gail Bernstein. Comparative Studies in Society and History.. Vol. 23, pp. 794-5.
Kondo, D. K. (1985). "The Way of Tea: A Symbolic Analysis,". Man(N.S.). Vol. 20, pp. 287-306.
 

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

Completion of Play, Final Version of SEAMLESS ready for publication and submission to theaters. , Fall 2013   
Play Reading, Concert reading of SEAMLESS at the Odyssey Theater, Los Angeles. , 2012-2013   
Play Reading, Lark Theatre Development Center, Reading of revised version of SEAMLESS, directed by Ralph Pena, founder of Ma-yi Theatre. The Lark is a major, nationally renowned center for play development, located in New York. , 2012-2013   
Dramaturg, Dramaturgy for Marcos Najera's performance piece, "Brown Oxygen/Oxigeno," Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA., June and September, 2011., 2011-2012   
Expert , Interviewed as an expert on Japanese American internment for Antonia Glenn's documentary on Japanese American history, "The Ito Sisters." , 2011-2012   
Finalist, Finalist in Lark Theatre/ Play Development Center's New Play Festival. 25 finalists selected from over 600 plays. , 2009-2010   
Play Reading, Lark Development Center, New York, Reading of SEAMLESS, at the Lark Development Center, directed by Victor Maog. Play was one of 25 out of 600 plays chosen for readings. , 2009-2010   
Play Reading, Lark Development Center, New York, Reading of revision of SEAMLESS,directed by Eric Ting, Associate Artistic Director, the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, a major regional theatre. The Lark is a renowned venue among theatre professionals; noted Asian American dramatist David Henry Hwang developed two plays there. , 07/2010  
Reading of Revised Play, Seamless, in a new version, read at Moving Arts Theatre, November 2008. , 2008-2009   
Dramaturg, Dramaturg for the world premiere of Anna Deavere Smith's LET ME DOWN EASY, play produced at the Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, directed by Stephen Wadsworth. Play went on to American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Ma., and to Second Stage Theatre in New York. , 2007-2008   
Play Reading, Reading of revised Act One of Seamless, Moving Arts Theatre, August 2008. , 2007-2008   
Play-Reading, Seamless; this is a substantial revision of earlier versions of the play, and in 2008 I intend to finish the play and submit to theatres. , 08/2007  
Play and Production, But Can He Dance? a multiracial relationship comedy, 10/25/2003-11/15/2003  
Play-Reading, Seamless, 05/17/2003  
Play-Reading, Seamless, 03/14/2003  
Play-Reading, Seamless, 03/09/2003  
Play-Reading, (Dis)graceful(l) Conduct Staged reading at the Playwrights' Theatre of New Jersey, 10/2002  
Play-Reading, Seamless, 04/11/2002  
Scholar/ Reflector, Institute for the Arts and Civic Dialogue, Director Anna Deavere Smith, Harvard University. , 2000-2001   
Play-Reading, But Can He Dance? a multiracial relationship comedy. , 04/2001  
Dramaturg, Workshop of Anna Deavere Smith's HOUSE ARREST: AN INTROGRESSION, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles. , 1997-1998   
Play-Reading, (Dis)graceful(l) Conduct Staged reading at Moving Arts Theater, 04/1998  
Dramaturg, Dramaturg for the workshop of the Arena Stage (Washington, DC)/ Goodman Theatre (Chicago)/ Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles) world premiere production of Anna Deavere Smith's HOUSE ARREST, director Mark Rucker. , 1996-1997   
Play-Reading, (Dis)graceful(l) Conduct Staged reading at Women Artists' Group, Sunday PlayDay Series., 04/1997  
Dramaturg, Dramaturg for the world premiere of Anna Deavere Smith's play TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES 1992, at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, directed by Emily Mann. , 1993-1994   
Play-Reading, (Dis)graceful(l) Conduct Staged reading at East West Players., 08/1993  
Play-Reading, (Dis)graceful(l) Conduct Staged Reading at Powerhouse Theater, Santa Monica., 12/1992  
Play-Reading, Dis)graceful(l) Conduct, a high disco satire on sexual and racial harassment in the academy. Staged reading at East West Players., 04/1992  
 

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Gender Studies; I gave a week-long series of lectures, seminars and play readings for faculty, students, and members of the general public in Hong Kong, Fall 2010   
Lark Play Development Center, finalist for New Play Festival, revised version of SEAMLESS, 2009-2010   
USC Humanities and Social Sciences , 2007-2008   
University of California at Irvine, Humanities Research Institute, Residential Research Fellowship, on Transnationalism in Asian/ Asian American Theatre., 2002  
Residency at the Getty Center for Humanities and Arts, Getty Scholar, Getty Research Institute, 2000-2001  
"We Don't Need No Stinkin' Dramas" National Comedy Playwriting Award, Mixed Blood Theatre, for (DIS)GRACEFUL(L) CONDUCT, 2000-2001   
School of American Research Fellowship, awarded—not accepted, 2000-2001   
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Recipient, 2000  
J.I. Staley Prize, School of American Research, Santa Fe, NM, given to book Craftiing Selves and its impact on the field of Anthropology., 1999  
 

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Director of Asian American Studies, 2010-2011  
Director of Asian American Studies, 2008-2009   
Director of Asian American Studies, 09/1997-07/2002  
 

Service to the Profession

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Editorial Board, Cultural Dynamics, 2008-  
Editorial Advisory Board, positions: east asia/ cultures/ critique, 2001-2002   
Editorial Board, Cultural Anthropology, 1984-1991  
 
 
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