About: Anna Nielsen is a PhD student studying Japanese archaeology at UC Berkeley. Ever since she was a child, she planned to become an archaeologist, but she first became interested in Japan as a high school student when she saw the effects of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. The question “What can I do to help?” started her on a journey that would take her to several new countries, immerse her in Japanese language, and make her feel profoundly grateful that she is lucky enough to study one of the most fascinating subjects in the world.
Anna graduated with a BA in Anthropology with an archaeology emphasis from Brigham Young University in 2018. She has also conducted research in the Near East at the site of Petra, Jordan, and speaks Portuguese and Spanish in addition to Japanese.