Andrew Littlejohn

Job title
Assistant Professor

Leiden University, Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

Andrew Littlejohn is an assistant professor at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Leiden University. His teaching specialties include political ecology and environmental anthropology, qualitative methods, ethnographic media (particularly sonic ethnography), and the anthropology of Japan. Prior to joining Leiden, he held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs’ Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University, where he received his PhD in 2017. The core question motivating his current research is how to live sustainably in a world damaged by both intensifying hazards and the technologies we develop to mitigate them. His book project, based on 16 months of fieldwork funded by the Japan Foundation, examines these issues in the context of Japan’s 2011 tsunami and its aftermath. Alongside his teaching and research, he produces works of audiovisual media with a particular focus on the ethnographic and documentary possibilities of sound recording.

Last publications
LITTLEJOHN, A. (2021). Ruins for the future. American Ethnologist48(1), 7-21. doi: 10.1111/amet.13006

Littlejohn, A. (2021). The potential of intangible loss: reassembling heritage and reconstructing the social in post‐disaster Japan. Social Anthropology. doi: 10.1111/1469-8676.13095

Littlejohn, Andrew. 2020. “Dividing Worlds.” Social Analysis 64 (1): 24–43.

Littlejohn, Andrew. 2020. “Museums of Themselves: Disaster, Heritage, and Disaster Heritage in Tohoku.” Japan Forum 0 (0): [ALL1] 1-21.

Littlejohn A.L. (19 October 2018), The Price of Safety: Understanding Anti-Seawall Sentiment in Post-Tsunami Japan. Leiden Anthropology Blog. Leiden University: Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology [blog entry].

Bestor T., Littlejohn A., Luo J., Murray A., Song G., Jiang S.X., Chen C., Endo K., Iwamura T., Hiraoka Y., Mazereeuw M., Margul J., Mori S., Milner S., Saladino N., Tajima T., Kumaki H., Tsugawa Y. & Senju H. (2012), The Sanriku Project. Boston: Harvard for Japan.

Andrew Littlejohn
Phone number
+31 71 527 3754