Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

Staff Profile

NameHAMADA, Shingo
AffiliationResearch Department
PositionProject Researcher
Arrival day2014-04-01
Leaving the office day2015-03-31
Year of Birth1977
Academic CareerDepartment of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, Ph.D. Program (2008~2014)
Summer Institute for Research Design (SIRD) in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, the US National Science Foundation (2010)
Leadership in Ecology, Culture and Learning (LECL), Department of Educational Policy and Administration, School of Education, Portland State University, M.A. Program (2007~2008)
Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Portland State University, M.A. Program (2003-2006)
Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Portland State University, B.A. Program (2001-2003)
American Studies and English Program, Department of Liberal Arts, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Tezukayama University, B.A. Program (1995-2000)
Professional CareerGraduate Assistant, Intensive English Language Program and Department of Applied Linguistics, Portland State University(2006~2008)
Associate Instructor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University(2009〜2010)
Research Assistant, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University(2010)
Mellon Sawyer Pre-Doctoral Fellow, the Institute of Advanced Study, Indiana University(2012)
Associate Instructor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University(2013)
Higher DegreesPh.D. (Indiana University, 2014)
M.A. (Portland State University, 2006)
B.A. (Tezukayama University, 2000)
Fields of SpecializationSocio-Cultural Anthropology
Environmental Anthropology
Maritime Anthropology
Food Studies
Academic Society MembershipsAmerican Anthropological Association
The Association of the Study of Food and Society
International Commission on the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition, the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)
The Society of Ethnobiology
Hokkaido Ethnological Society



【Original Articles】

Hamada, Shingo., Richard Wilk, Amanda Logan, Sara Minard, and Amy Trubek 2015,03 The Future of Food Studies. Food, Society & Culture 18(1):168-186. (reviewed).

Hamada, Shingo 2012,10 Trash Fish: Food Preference and Local Identity in a Coastal Fishing Community in Hokkaido, Japan. Anthropology News 53(8):7-8.

【Review Articles】

Hamada, Shingo 2013 "American Tuna: The Rise and Fall of an Improbable Food" by Andrew F. Smith (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012).. Indiana Food Review 2.

Research Presentations

【Oral Presentation】

Hamada, Shingo Totemism in Science: An Experimental and Multispecies Ethnography of Fisheries Science in Japan. The 113th Annual Meeting of American Anthropological Association, December 2014, Washington, DC, USA.

Hamada, Shingo Household-scale Fisheries and Environmental Change in Northern Japan. JSPS-CJS Symposium: "Long-term Sustainability through Place-based, Small-scale economies", 2014.09.26-2014.09.28, University of California, Berkeley. DOI:

Hamada, Shingo The Historical Ecology of the Herring in the North Pacific Rim: Cases from Tlingit and Ainu. The 2014 Hokkaido Ethnological Society Workshop, 2014.07.13, Hokkai-Gakuen University, Sapporo, Hokkaido. (in Japanese)

Hamada, Shingo Blooming Ocean: An Ethnographic Exploration of Year-Class Formations. The Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Sciences (4S)., October 2013, San Diego, CA.

Hamada, Shingo An Ecology of Taste: By-Catch and Food Preference in the Seascapes of Eastern Hokkaido. The 112th Annual Meeting of American Anthropological Association, 2013, Chicago, IL.

Hamada, Shingo Co-Cultivated Seascape: Linking Cultured Herring, Inshore Fishers, and Protected Harbor Seals Through Multispecies Ethnography. The 111th Annual Meeting of American Anthropological Association, 2012, San Francisco, CA.

Hamada, Shingo The Herring’s Forest: Plantations and Cultivated Marinescapes in Coastal Japan.. The 2nd International Marine Conservation Congress, 2011, Victoria, B.C., Canada.

Hamada, Shingo Follow the Herring: Gift Giving, Seafood Industry, and Japan in the Pacific.. The 109th Annual Meeting of American Anthropological Association, 2010.

【Invited Lecture / Honorary Lecture / Panelist】

Hamada, Shingo Herring Fisheries and Food Cultures in Japan. Sitka Herring Festival / Sitka Natural History Series, 2015.03.23, University of Alaska Southeast Campus, Sitka, Alaska, USA. DOI:

Thornton, Thomas F., and Shingo Hamada Completing the Circle in Restoring Pacific Rim Herring Cultures.. Symposium on Comparative and Collaborative Studies of Indigenous Cultures along the North Pacific Rim, January 2014, NationalMuseum of Ethnology, Osaka.

Hamada, Shingo A Review of a Cultural History of Herring in Japan. The Herring School Workshop, September 2011, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., Canada.

Hamada, Shingo Tohoku: Its Fishing Town, Geography, and Tsunami.. A Campus-Community Response to the Crisis in Japan, March 2011, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.