Dr Jason Danely

Reader in Anthropology of Japan

School of Social Sciences

Jason Danely


Dr. Jason Danely completed his PhD in anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. Before joining Brookes in 2014, Dr. Danely held teaching posts at Rhode Island College and Grand Valley State University (USA), and received Postdoctoral Fellowships from The Center on Age and Community (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee), and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Kyoto University). His research expertise relates to ageing and care in Japan, where he has at various times taught, studied, performed theatre, travelled, meditated and raised children, over the last twenty years.


Teaching and supervision


Modules taught


  • Introduction to Japanese Society and Culture (ANTH4004)
  • Personhood Gender and the Body in Contemporary Japan (ANTH5001)
  • Minorities and Marginality: Class and Conflict in Japan (ANTH6002)
  • Culture and Care (ANTH6010)


Currently accepting Masters by Research or MPhil/PhD research students

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Alexandra Chesters The Joy of Possessions and Decluttering in Japan and the West Active
Brittany Rapone Cultural Influences Behind Exotic Pet Cafés in Japan and their Relation to the International Pet Trade Active


Dr. Danely has expertise on the cultural dimensions of ageing, caring, family relations, and everyday ritual practices in Japan. In 2015, he was one of 35 scholars from around the world to be awarded a two-year Enhancing Life Project Grant to conduct a cross-cultural comparative study of family carers of older adults in Japan and the UK. In 2018, he was awarded an SSRC Abe Fellowship for his research on older ex-offender resettlement in Japan and the U.K. Dr. Danely Is chair of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) Commission on Aging and the Life Course, and has led research networks on ageing across the world.
Dr. Danely is interested in supervising postgraduate work in psychological and medical anthropology, ageing and the life course, care, religious and ritual practice, issues surrounding frailty, death and dying, incarceration and care of criminalised older people.

Centres and institutes



  • Comparison of older ex-offender resettlement and community-based organisations for reducing recidivi

Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is lead by another Institution

  • Sasakawa Studentship 2021 (01/09/2021 - 31/08/2022), funded by: Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, funding amount received by Brookes: £10,000


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