Emilie Takayama

Emilie Takayama’s research focuses on the intersection between the history of the body and economic sociology within the Japanese Empire. She is particularly interested in the process through which new consumer needs are created through the conscious institutionalization of modern body ideals and associated practices. Emilie’s dissertation traces the history of the modern Japanese beauty industry in the early twentieth century. She examines how the interaction between entrepreneurs and urban middle-class consumers in Japan and its colonies legitimized new body ideals, which in turn promoted modern beauty products and services such as cosmetics and aesthetic surgery.

Emilie received her BA in political science from Sophia University in Tokyo, an MA in international relations from Seoul National University and an MA in history from Northwestern.