jsaa2013Originally from the United States, Carolyn migrated to Australia in 1994 after living in Japan for four years. Her AB (magna cum laude) from Harvard College is in social anthropology, and her PhD in cultural anthropology is from Columbia University.

During her postgraduate career, she received a Japan Foundation Fellowship to study at the Inter-University Center for the Study of Japanese in Yokohama, Japan. Before coming to Australia, Dr. Stevens taught and conducted research at Jochi (Sophia) and Obirin Universities in Tokyo and the University of Melbourne. More recently, she has had visiting research and teaching positions with the University of Tokyo (Faculty of International and Public Health), Meiji Gakuin University (Faculty of International Studies and PRIME) and the National University of Singapore.

Carolyn was appointed Professor of Japanese Studies and the Director of the Japanese Studies Centre in 2012.


PhD, Columbia University, 1995

MA, Columbia University, 1987

AB, Harvard University, 1986