Christie W. Kiefer is associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he teaches in both the Development and Aging and the Medical Anthropology programs. He has written on Japanese personality and social change, on aging among Japanese and Korean Americans, and on the cultural aspects of aging in general.
Margaret Lock received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently professor of medical anthropology in the Department of Humanities and Social Studies in Medicine and the Department of Anthropology, McGill University. She is past-president of the Society for Medical Anthropology and author of East Asian Medicine in Urban Japan: Varieties of Medical Experience and numerous articles on medical anthropology with an emphasis on Japan.
Susan Orpett Long, who holds a doctorate from the University of Illinois, teaches anthropology and East Asian studies at John Carroll University. She has published numerous articles on the Japanese medical system and its cultural context and is author of Family Change and the Life Course in Japan.
Edward Norbeck, who was educated at the University of Michigan, is currently professor of anthropology (emeritus) at Rice University. He is the author or editor of thirteen books and many articles. Among his publications are Changing Japan and From Country to City: Takashima Urbanized.
David K. Reynolds was formerly on the faculties of the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Southern California Medical School, and the University of Houston. At present he is director of the 190ToDo Institute in Los Angeles and codirector of the Health Center Pacific, Maui. He has written fifteen books on Japan, the Japanese, and mental health topics, among them, The Quiet Therapies: Japanese Pathways to Personal Growth.
Nancy R. Rosenberger is presently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian Studies at Emory University, where she is affiliated with the Department of Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan with a dissertation on middle-aged women and the ideology of menopause in Japan. She is currently working on a book on self, power, and gender in Japan.
William E. Steslicke is associate professor of health policy and management in the College of Public Health, University of South Florida. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois. In 1982 he was a visiting associate of the Institute of Public Health in Tokyo. He has published numerous articles on health care organization and policies in Japan and is author of Doctors in Politics: The Political Life of the Japan Medical Association.