B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago
Research and Teaching Interests：
My research focuses on urban life in Shanghai and Tokyo, including cuisine, nightlife, migrant communities, and urban sexual cultures. In teaching sociology at Sophia, my emphasis is developing students’ hands-on skills in qualitative research, encouraging them to use original data to write about social phenomenon while incorporating insights from previous sociological research.
- James Farrer and David Wank (eds.) 2023. The Global Japanese Restaurant: Mobilities, Imaginaries, and Politics. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.
- James Farrer. 2019. International Migrants in China’s Global City: The New Shanghailanders (Routledge Series on Asian Migrations).Abingdon: Routledge.
- James Farrer and Andrew David Field. 2015.Shanghai Nightscapes: A Nocturnal Biography of a Global City.Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- James Farrer (ed.). 2015.Globalization and Asian Cuisines: Transnational Networks and Contact Zones.New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- James Farrer (ed.). 2010. Globalization, Food and Social Identities in the Asia Pacific Region.Tokyo: Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture.
- James Farrer. 2002.Opening Up: Youth sex culture and market reform in Shanghai.Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Recent Articles and Chapters
- James Farrer. 2022. “Sustainable Neighborhood Gastronomy: Tokyo Urban Foodways Facing Crises” Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 63(3): 396-410.
- James Farrer. 2021. “From Cooks to Chefs: Skilled Migrants in a Globalizing Culinary Field” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 47 (10): 2359-2375. (Awarded 2023 Belasco Prize for Scholarly Excellence from the Association for the Study of Food and Society)
- James Farrer and Chuanfei Wang. 2021. “Who Owns A Cuisine? The Grassroots Politics of Japanese Food in Europe” Asian Anthropology 20( 1): 12-29. (Awarded the Best Paper Award for 2021 in Asian Anthropology)
- Susanne Wessendorf and James Farrer. 2021. “Commonplace and Out-of-place Diversities in London and Tokyo: Migrant-run Eateries as Intercultural Third Places” Comparative Migration Studies, 9 (28): 1-17.
- James Farrer. 2021. “The Space-Time Compression of Tokyo Street Drinking” Food, Culture and Society, 24( 1): 49-65.
- James Farrer. 2020. “How are Tokyo’s Independent Restauranteurs Surviving the COVID Crisis?” Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 18 (18, 13): article id 5483.
- James Farrer. 2019. “Red (Michelin) Stars Over China: Seeking Recognition in a Transnational Culinary Field” in Michelle King edited Culinary Nationalism in Asia. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 193-213. (Awarded 2021 Best Edited Volume Book Award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society)
- James Farrer. 2019. “Happy and Unhappy Meals: Culinary Approaches to the Good Life in Shanghai” Becky Hsu and Richard Madsen (ed.) The Chinese Pursuit of Happiness: Meaning and Morality in Everyday Life. University of California Press, Ch. 4.
- James Farrer. 2019. “Red (Michelin) Stars Over China: Seeking Recognition in a Transnational Culinary Field” in Michelle King ed. Culinary Nationalism in Asia. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 193-213.
- James Farrer, Christian Hess, Mônica R. de Carvalho, Chuanfei Wang, David Wank. 2019. “Culinary Mobilities: The Multiple Globalizations of Japanese Cuisine” in Cecilia Leong-Salobir ed. Routledge Handbook of Food in Asia. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 39-57.
- James Farrer. 2019. “Culinary Globalization from Above and Below: Culinary Migrants in Urban Place Making in Shanghai” in Angela Lehmann and Pauline Leonard eds. Immigration to China in the Post-reform era: Destination PRC. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 175-199.
- *Andrew Field and James Farrer. 2018. “China’s Party Kings: Shanghai Club Cultures and Status Consumption, 1920s-2010s” Dorothy Solinger ed. Polarized Cities: Portraits of the Rich and Poor in Urban China. Lexington/Rowman and Littlefield, pp.127-148.
- James Farrer. 2018. “The Decline of the Neighborhood Chinese Restaurant in Urban Japan” Jahrbuch für Kulinaristik – The German Journal of Food Studies and Hospitality, Vol. 2, pp. 197-222.
- James Farrer. 2018. “Critical Expatriate Studies: Changing expatriate communities in Asia and the blurring boundaries of expatriate identity”in Gracia Liu-Farrer and Brenda Yeoh eds. Routledge Handbook of Asian Migrations. Routledge, pp.196-208.
- James Farrer. 2017. “Domesticating the Japanese Culinary Field in Shanghai” in Tine Walravens and Andreas Niehaus eds. Feeding Japan: Cultures and Politics of Food Identities Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 287-312.
- James Farrer. 2017. “Urban Foodways: A Research Agenda” in John Rennie Short ed. A Research Agenda for Cities Northhampton MA: Edward Elgar, pp. 98-110.
Public Ethnography Website
- Nishiogiology.org (Recognized March 2023 by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs as an “exemplar of utilizing knowledge of Japanese food culture” (食文化「知の活用」振興事例).)
Faculty of Liberal Arts
|SOC226||THE GOOD LIFE: FROM SELF TO SOCIETY|
|SOC309||FOOD AND SOCIETY|
|SOC316||QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS|
|SOC439||SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUALITY AND GENDER|
Graduate Program in Global Studies
|AG528Z||QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS|
|AG714Z||ADAVNCED STUDIES IN QUALITAIVE RESEARCH METHODS|
|AG716Z||ADVANCED STUDIES IN GLOBAL CITIES|