Michael Berman

Michael Berman
  • Social Sciences Building, Room 210 9500 Gilman Drive #0532 La Jolla, CA 92093-0532
Michael is a sociocultural anthropologist who dabbles heavily in linguistic and semiotic anthropology. He came to UCSD in 2011 after receiving an M.A. in social sciences from the University of Chicago in 2010 and a B.A. in East Asian studies and anthropology from the College of William and Mary in 2006. He studies the complex relationship between empathy and alienation in contemporary Japan, which has been described by many scholars as a "relationless society." On the ground, this has meant focusing on the volunteer efforts of a Japanese "new religion" working to bridge the gaps between people in order to form meaningful relations. He can be contacted at mberman[at]ucsd.edu, and is always happy to exchange ideas and work with interested interlocutors.

Anthropology