2006: Doctor of Philosophy (Anthropology)
Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta, Canada.
Thesis: Kantō Resident Ainu and the Urban Indigenous Experience
2000: Master of Arts (with Distinction)
Social Anthropology of Development, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. UK.
Thesis: Land, belonging, home: Exploring contested narratives of Ainu identity in Japanese development discourse (Awarded: Distinction)
1997: Bachelor of Arts with Honours (First Class)
Communications and Image Studies with an Approved Year Abroad University of Kent at Canterbury. UK.
Honours Thesis: Let Us Be Finns: In Search of Finnish Identity (Awarded: Distinction)
Year Abroad Institution
1995-1996: Intercultural Studies Program, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
Indigenous Issues (particularly contemporary issues of urbanization, migration and mobility),
East Asia (with particular focus on Ainu in Japan and Japanese minorities),
Active: Japanese – speaking and reading;
Passive: Spanish – reading.
May 2006 – April 2008: Postdoctoral Fellow in the Comparative Study of Indigenous Rights and Identity.
Department of Anthropology and McGill Centre for Society, Technology and Development (STANDD), McGill University.
April 2004 – March 2005: Visiting Scholar
Centre for Japanese Research, Institute of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia.
April 2002 – April 2004: Visiting Researcher and Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholar Institute of International Culture, Showa Women’s University, Tokyo, Japan (conducted fieldwork for doctoral degree in Tokyo and Hokkaido).
Hudson, Mark; Lewallen, Ann-Elise and Mark K. Watson (eds.). 2008. Visions of the Ainu: Changing Academic and Public Perspectives. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
Proposal accepted, manuscript in preparation
Title: Ainu in the City: Indigeneity and Cultural Politics in Japan’s Capital. Under preparation for the Japan Anthropology Workshop Series (JAWS) published by RoutledgeCurzon press.
Watson, Mark K. 2007. Rera Cise and Ainu Entrepreneurship: Investigating the dynamic potential of cultural heritage for community and economic development. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation – Special edition on Indigenous Entrepreneurship.
Chapters in Books
Watson, Mark K. 2008. Kantō resident Ainu and the Urban Indigenous Experience. In Hudson, Mark; Lewallen, Ann-Elise and Mark K. Watson (eds.), Visions of the Ainu: Changing Academic and Public Perspectives. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
Hudson, Mark; Lewellen, Ann-Elise and Mark K. Watson. 2008. Introduction. In Hudson, Mark; Lewallen, Ann-Elise and Mark K. Watson (eds.), Visions of the Ainu: Changing Academic and Public Perspectives. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
Watson, Mark K. 2007. Indigenous Food and Foodways: Mapping the Production of Ainu Food in Tokyo. In Sidney C. H. Cheung, Chee Beng Tan and Maria Siumi Tam (eds.), Food and Foodways in Asia: Resource, Tradition and Cooking. London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon. pp. 129-142.
Watson, Mark. 2004. Development, Knowledge and the Ainu of Japan. In Rick Riewe et al (eds.), Aboriginal Cultural Geographies. Winnipeg: Aboriginal Issues Press. pp. 49-57.
Conference Proceedings (Symposium Special Edition)
Watson, Mark K. 2005. Tokai ni kurasu senjyumin no hikaku o mezashite: Kantō-ken no Ainu no baai (Towards a Comparative Understanding of Urban Indigenous Peoples: the historical and current significance of Kantō resident Ainu). In Japanese. As a Supplement to Hōsei University Bulletin of Institute of International Japan Studies. Tokyo: Hōsei Daigaku Kokusai Nihongaku Kenkyujyo.
Newsletters, Interviews, and Other Contributions
‘Why is the urban important for Indigenous studies?’ Arts Insight vol.2. McGill University, Faculty of Arts Newsletter. 2007.
‘Mark Watson: Exploring the Urban Indigenous Experience’. University of Alberta Research Profile Project 2006. Available on-line at: http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/researchandstudents/news.cfm?story=47753