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Ramsey Ismail

Ramsey Ismail
  • Social Sciences Building, Room 210 9500 Gilman Drive #0532 La Jolla, CA 92093-0532
Ramsey is a 2nd year Psych/Med/Sociocultural Anthropology student who is interested in the intersections between mental health and labor in Japan. His current work explores how the inexplicability of certain medical conditions accomplishes its own form of work, and how those diagnosed accept and refuse to identify with those diagnoses.

Over the summer, Ramsey volunteered at New Start, a non-profit organization in Tokyo that provides vocational training and reintroduces hikikomori, socially reclusive Japanese people into society. In the past, Ramsey has worked on March 11th tsunami recovery efforts in Iwate Prefecture, surveys of homeless populations in Tokyo, and continues to volunteer regularly with various community service organizations in Japan.

Research Interests; Stigma, Diagnoses, Precarity, the Intersection of Labor and Mental Health, Japanese Social Issues and Reform
2017 - Joseph Naiman Research Fellowship in Japanese Studies
2017 - Critical Language Scholarship - Japanese
2016 - UCSD Jerri-Ann and Gary E. Jacobs Endowed Fellowship
2016 - Melford Spiro Research Fellowship
Coming Soon
April 2017 - Social Withdrawal as Socioeconomic: Labor, Livelihood, and Diagnosis in Japan - UC Berkeley Center for Japan Studies Annual Conference - Berkeley, California

March 2017 - Social Recluses Back to Work: Reframing Labor and Mental Health in Japan - UC Irvine Madness Afield Workshop - Irvine, California

November 2017 - Not Working, Working From Home, The Work of Hikikomori - American Association of Anthropologists Annual Conference - Washington D.C.