Jason Danely

Gaige Hall (G) 111E
(401) 456-2839

Academic Background

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, San Diego

M.A., Anthropology, University of California, San Diego

B.A., Comparative Religion/Asian Studies, Western Michigan University

Dr. Danely has been studying and conducting research on Japan since 1994. As an undergraduate, he focused on Japanese Buddhist pedagogy and the problem of cultural transmission of religious ideas from a cognitive perspective. In graduate school, Dr. Danely conducted ethnographic research with older Japanese adults who draw on religious or spiritual practices and experiences to cope with grief and bereavement. This research combines Dr. Danely's interests in the universal phenomena of aging, death and loss and the particular context of Japanese culture, the impact of rapid population aging, and popular rituals centered on the ancestors. Dr. Danely was a recipient of a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Center on Age & Community, University of Milwaukee Wisconsin, and has taught at several schools before joining the faculty at RIC in 2011. He is currently co-editor of Anthropology & Aging Quarterly and co-editor with Caitrin Lynch (Olin College) of an upcoming anthology titled Transitions and Transformations: Cultural Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course (Berghahn Books).


ANTH 101: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 162: Nonwestern Worlds: Japan
ANTH 308: Culture, Aging, and the Life Course
ANTH 309: Medical Anthropology
ANTH 337: Anthropological Approaches to Religion
ANTH 348: History of Anthropological Thought
ANTH 460: Seminar in Anthropology

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