Anna WOZNY - Tokyo College
Postdoctoral Fellow


01 Description of Research

My research examines how states and markets shape individual intimate and familial experiences. Through this lens, I seek to understand the linkages between culture and political economy as well as how culture shapes social inequality around gender and sexuality.

During my time as a UTokyo-Princeton Postdoctoral Fellow, I will complete a book manuscript based on my doctoral dissertation, Marriage-Hunting: Markets, Morals, and Marriageability in Contemporary Japan. This project examines the new Japanese dating industry (konkatsu)—an area of special interest to the Japanese government given its desire to counter population decline and boost economic growth.

02 Short Biography
2023-2026 Joint Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University and Tokyo College
2023 PhD in Sociology, University of Michigan
2019 MA in Sociology, University of Michigan
2016 BA in East Asian Studies, Programs in English at Komaba (PEAK), College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo
2010-12 Japanese Philology, Jagiellonian University
03 Publications and Other Research Activities

Woźny, Anna. “Modalities of Cultural Guidance: Market Intermediaries, Cultural Fluency, and Valuation in Japanese ‘Marriage-Hunting.” (under review)

* SASE/Digit Early Career Workshop Award, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics

* Percy Buchanan Graduate Prize, Northeast Asia, Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs

* Katherine Luke Award, Sociology Department – University of Michigan


Woźny, Anna. “Herbivorous Men, Carnivorous Women: Doing Masculinity and Femininity in Japanese “Marriage Hunting”.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 47, no. 3 (2022): 715-740.

* Sally Hacker Graduate Student Paper Award, American Sociological Association – Section of Sex & Gender

* Mark Chesler Student Research Award, Sociology Department – University of Michigan

* McGuigan Prize for the Best Graduate Essay in Women’s Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies – University of Michigan

* William Malm Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Writing in Japanese Studies, Center for Japanese Studies – University of Michigan


Frye, Margaret, and Anna Woźny. “Moralizing the Production and Sale of Student Papers in Uganda.” American Sociological Review 86, no. 3 (2021): 430-464.

*Outstanding Published Article Award – Honorable Mention, American Sociological Association – Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section


Zubrzycki, Geneviève, and Anna Woźny. “The comparative politics of collective memory.” Annual Review of Sociology 46 (2020): 175-194.