Professor of Anthropology
Expertise: Anthropology, Sex and gender, Medicine and culture, Japan, China
Dr. Long specializes in anthropology and East Asian Studies. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and received her MA and Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She became interested in Japan when she was sent there as an AFS exchange student in high school, knowing little more than how to count to ten and say “sayonara.”
Dr. Long has been teaching full time at John Carroll University since 1989 and was the first Coordinator of the East Asian Studies Program, working with other faculty and administrators to develop this international program. She received the JCU Distinguished Faculty Award in 2015. She has been actively conducting research on Japanese women, family, care of the elderly, medical systems, and bioethics and end-of-life decision making. Dr. Long has published numerous articles, books, and book chapters and is internationally known in her field. She regularly teaches the following courses:
Introduction to East Asia
Introduction to Anthropology; Japanese Society; Public Health in US Society
Sex and Gender; Medicine and Culture; Health & Healing in East Asia; Popular Culture in Japan
Internship in Population and Public Health
She was John Carroll University’s first Coordinator of East Asian Studies, working with other faculty and administrators to develop this international program. The East Asian Studies program involves regular and special courses, student exchange, extracurricular lectures and concerts, hosting conferences and workshops, and working with schools and museums in the area to improve education about East Asia. Dr. Long served as project director of a federally funded program to increase the number of licensed Japanese language teachers in area high schools.
Dr. Long has been actively conducting research on Japanese women, family, care of the elderly, medical systems, and bioethics and end-of-life decision-making. She has published numerous articles and book chapters.