- B.A. in Japanese modified with Anthropology from Dartmouth College
Kimberly Hassel received her B.A. in Japanese modified with Anthropology from Dartmouth College in 2016. Her senior honors thesis, an ethnography that drew on two terms of intensive fieldwork in Japan, examined the seifuku (Japanese school uniform) as an embodiment of supernatural, commodity, and sexual fetishisms. At Princeton, Kimberly specializes in cultural anthropology and ethnography, with a focus on modern Japanese society. Her research interests include youth culture, fashion, body politics, identity formation, race, and gender. Kimberly is particularly interested in racial identity in transnational contexts, and seeks to examine how biracial/multiracial youths in Japan perform their identity while navigating fetishization, alienation, and societal standards of beauty.