Areas of Expertise
Associate Professor Horiguchi is a socio-cultural and medical anthropologist whose geographical focus has been on Japan.
Associate Professor Horiguchi has taught General Education courses on youth and cultural diversity as well as specialized courses in the anthropology of Japan and medical anthropology.
Associate Professor Horiguchi's research interests lie in youth mental health issues as well as the impact of globalization on education in contemporary Japan. She has conducted ethnographic research on hikikomori (social withdrawal) since 2001. She has also conducted research on foreign language education in contemporary Japan, global flows of knowledge on Japan, medical anthropology education in Japan, as well as emerging multiculturalism in Japan.
- Co-editor, Foreign Language Education in Japan: Exploring Qualitative Approaches (with Yuki Imoto and Gregory S. Poole). Sense Publishers (2015)
- "Fostering Learning through Unlearning Institutional Boundaries: A 'Team Ethnography' of a Liminal Intercultural Space at a Japanese University" (with Yuki Imoto) Ethnography and Education 10(1) (2015), pp. 92-106.
- "Mental Health and Therapy in Japan: Conceptions, Practices, and Challenges" in Jeff Kingston (ed) Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan. Routledge (2014)
- "Hikikomori: How Private Isolation Caught the Public Eye" in Roger Goodman, Yuki Imoto, and Tuukka Toivonen (eds) A Sociology of Japanese Youth: From Returnees to NEETs. Routledge (2012)
- D.Phil. and M.Phil. Social Anthropology, University of Oxford (St. Antony's College)
- M.A. (with distinction) English Language Studies and Methods, University of Warwick
- B.A. English Literature, Sophia University
- Anthropology of Japan in Japan (AJJ)
- Japan Anthropology Workshop (JAWS)
- European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS)
- British Association of Japanese Studies (BAJS)
- Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA)