Allison Alexy

Professional Title

Assistant Professor - Asian Languages and Cultures, Women's Studies


Asian Languages and Cultures
Women's Studies


Allison Alexy is a cultural anthropologist focusing on contemporary Japan, with interest in ideals and experiences of family lives, constructions of intimacy, and legal anthropology. Alexy's first book, Intimate Disconnections: Divorce and the Romance of Independence in Contemporary Japan, considers how people negotiate freedom, happiness, and intimate connections through divorce. It is under contract with the University of Chicago Press. With Emma Cook, Alexy recently co-edited Intimate Japan: Ethnographies of Closeness and Conflict. 

Research Interests

qualitative research
social science; marriage / family