Junko Habu is professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley. Born in Kawasaki City in Kanagawa Prefecture, she received her BA (1982) and MA (1984) from Keio University and her Ph.D. (1996) from McGill University. Junko has excavated a number of prehistoric Jomon sites and historic Edo period sites in Japan, as well as Thule Inuit sites in the Canadian arctic. Her books include Subsistence-Settlement Systems and Intersite Variability in the Moroiso Phase of the Early Jomon Period of Japan (International Monographs in Prehistory 2001), Ancient Jomon of Japan (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Beyond Foraging and Collecting (Kluwer/Plenum 2002, co-edited with B. Fitzhugh) and Evaluating Multiple Narratives (Springer 2008, co-edited with C. Fawcett and J. M. Matsunaga). Junko‚Äôs research focuses on human-environmental interaction and long-term sustainability of human cultures and societies. Her archaeological project in Japan, the Berkeley Sannai Maruyama and Goshizawa Matsumori project, uses archaeological data to investigate the mechanisms of long-term culture change among prehistoric Jomon hunter-gatherers of Japan (ca. 14,000-500 BC). Factors examined in this study include food and subsistence diversity, mobility of people, goods and information, social inequality, population, and climate change. In collaboration with the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, in 2011, Junko launched a new, interdisciplinary project titled Long-term Sustainability through Place-Based, Small-scale Economies: Approaches from Historical Ecology.

     As an environmental anthropologist, Junko has also been actively involved in the study of the impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, including the problems of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident and the issues of cultural property rescue. For more information, please visit: