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Dylan Hallingstad O'Brien

Dylan Hallingstad O’Brien is a sociocultural anthropologist working in Japan with macrobiotic communities in the Tohoku region. His current project examines macrobiotics’ role in quotidian life as a orienting philosophy and set of interventions aimed at dominant biomedical modes of governance and the representation of Japaneseness. Broadly, his interests include semiotics, embodiment and the senses, and the place of alterity in anthropological theory and popular philosophies.

At UCSD, Dylan is director of the Anthropology Mentor-Protégé Program, which helps to support undergraduates in pursuing research and other goals in the discipline.