Ian Hunter

Ian Hunter

Specialization: Contemporary Japan


I study contemporary Japanese social issues, with a primary research emphasis on mental health and hikikomori. I am interested in how hikikomori make use of alternative methods of socialization such as online gaming environments, and the growing transnational nature of the withdrawal phenomenon, especially in relation to South Korea.


Dr. ann-elise lewallen

Academic History:

B.A. in History, University of Virginia

Teaching Assistant Experience:

EACS 4B: East Asian Traditions: Modern, Summer 2020

JAPAN 17: Imagining the Samurai, Spring 2020

KOR 20: New Korean Wave, Winter 2020