Caitlin Adkins


PhD Student, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Caitlin is a Ph.D. student interested in topics of gender, labor, and media in contemporary Japan. Prior to joining the EALC Department at Penn, she earned her M.A. at the University of Michigan's Center for Japanese Studies and then lived in Tokyo for many years. There she worked in startup communities as well as in the Tokyo Office of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), a nonprofit organization that fosters innovative research. She also spent a year with the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies as a research student. 

Caitlin's prior research focused on visual media and representations of women in 20th century Japan. Her experiences in Tokyo have expanded her interests, and she is now examining how technology and social media affect the ways we live, work, and form career identities. She maintains broad interests in gender and sexuality, contemporary Japanese fiction, feminist discourse, media and changing labor markets, and the role of scholarship in social activism. 


M.A., Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

B.A., University of Findlay

Research Interests

gender, labor, feminism(s), media, social media and technology 


East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department