Human-environmental dynamics, Climate change, Hunter-gatherers and small-scale societies, Local environmental movements, Sociopolitics of archaeology, Prehistoric and historic archaeology of Japan and East Asia.
My research focuses on human-environmental interaction, human right, and long-term sustainability of human cultures and societies. My research project in Japan use 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 Fall 2011, I am teaching Anthro 171, Anthropology of Japan: Environment, Energy and Contemporary Japanese Society, with a focus on nuclear power plant issues and industrial diseases in Japan. Other undergraduate courses that I teach include Anthro 2 (Introduction to Archaeology), C125A (Archaeology of East Asia), C125B (Archaeology and Japanese Identity), 129 (Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherers), and 134A (Field Methods in Archaeology: Field school in Japan).
2011 Habu, J. and M. E. Hall
Climate change, human impacts on the landscape, and subsistence specialization: historical ecology and changes in Jomon hunter-gatherer lifeways. InThe Historical Ecology of Small Scale Economies, edited by Victor D. Thompson and James Waggoner. University Press of Florida: Gainesville, FL.
2009 Habu, J.
Working with Japanese colleagues: excavation of a Jomon pit-dwelling and storage pits at Goshizawa Matsumori. The SAA (Society for American Archaeology) Archaeological Record 9(3): 18-21.
2008 Habu, J., C. Fawcett and J. M. Matsunaga (eds.)
Evaluating Multiple Narratives: Beyond Nationalist, Colonialist, Imperialist Archaeologies. 217pp. Springer, New York.
2008 Habu, J.
2004 Habu, J.
Ancient Jomon of Japan. 332pp. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge