Dr Kristin Surak

Dr Kristin Surak

Assistant Professor in Sociology

Department of Sociology

Room No
STC 105
Languages
English, German, Japanese
Key Expertise
Political sociology, migration, Japanese politics, nationalism

About me

Kristin Surak joined the London School of Economics in 2020 from SOAS University of London where she was a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of Japanese Politics. Her research on international migration, nationalism, and political sociology has been translated into a half-dozen languages. In addition to publishing in major academic and intellectual journals, she also writes regularly for popular outlets, including the London Review of Books, New StatesmanNew Left Review, and Washington Post. She is the author of Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice (Stanford University Press 2013), which received the Book of the Year Award from the American Sociological Association’s Asian Section.  She has been a Richard B. Fischer Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Fung Global Fellow at Princeton University, Sainsbury Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for Japanese Arts and Cultures, and a Visiting Professor at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and she is a Lifetime Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.  The American Academy of Political and Social Science has recognized her scholarship, which has been funded by the German Science Foundation, Japan Foundation, Fulbright-Hays Foundation, and Leverhulme Foundation, among others. She comments regularly for global media outlets, including the BBC, Deutsche Welle, Channel News Asia TV, and Sky TV News. Her book Citizenship 4 Sale: Millionaires, Microstates, and Mobility will be published by Harvard University Press in 2021.  

Selected publications: 

Monographs

 2013. Surak, Kristin. Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice.  Stanford  University Press. 
- Japanese translation (2018).  MTMJ: 日本らしさと茶道 [MTMJ: Japaneseness and the Tea Ceremony]. Saihatesha Press: Tokyo.
- Winner of the American Sociological Association’s Outstanding Book Award for Asia and Asian America (2014) 
- Featured on NPR news, “In the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Politics are Served with Every Cup” (June 23, 2015) 

Journal Articles

2020. Surak, Kristin. "Who Wants to Buy a Visa? Comparing the Uptake of Residence by Investment Programs in the European Union." Journal of Contemporary European Studies. DOI: 10.1080/14782804.2020.1839742

2020. Surak, Kristin. “Millionaire Mobility and the Sale of Citizenship.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2020.1758554

2020. Centeno, Miguel, Christopher Chase-Dunn, Nitsan Chorev, Marilyn Grell-Brysk, Hiroko Inoue, Paul Larcey, Victoria Reyes, and Kristin Surak. “For a Global Social Science.” Global Perspectives. 1(1). DOI: 10.1525/001c.11649

2018. Surak, Kristin. “Migration Industries and the State: Guestwork Programs in East Asia.” International Migration Review. 52(2): 487-523.

2017. Surak, Kristin. “Rupture and Rhythm: Toward a Phenomenology of National Experiences.” Sociological Theory. 35(4): 312-33.

2017. Surak, Kristin. “At the Margins of Multiculturalism: Assessing Kymlicka’s Liberal Multiculturalism in Japan.” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics. 23(2): 227-39.

2014. Surak, Kristin. “Re-Selling Japan.” New Left Review. (88): 139-49.
- Translated into Korean (“Ilbonŭl Tashi P'anda,” Nyurep'ŭt'ŭ Ribyu. (6) 2015: 409-27)

2013. Surak, Kristin. “Guestwork Regimes: A Taxonomy.” New Left Review. (84): 84-102.
- Translated into Spanish (“Gastarbeiter: Una Taxonomía,” NLR Secunda Época. (84) 2014: 94-114)
- Translated into Swedish (“Gästarbetare: en klassificering,” Marxistarkiv)

2013. Surak, Kristin. “Die Gastarbeiter” (Guestworkers). Merkur: Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken (Sonderheft). 9/10: 1024-35.

2012. Surak, Kristin. “Nation-Work: A Praxeology of Making and Maintaining Nations.” European Journal of Sociology. 53(2): 171-204.

2011. Surak, Kristin. “From Selling Tea to Selling Japaneseness: Symbolic Power and the Nationalization of Cultural Practices.” European Journal of Sociology. 52(2): 175-208.

2010. Surak, Kristin. “The Business of Belonging.” New Left Review. (63): 151- 9.
- Translated into Spanish (“El Negocio de la Pertenencia,” NLR Secunda Época. (63) 2010: 149-58.)

2008. Surak, Kristin. “Convergence in Foreigners' Rights and Citizenship Policy? A Look at Japan.” International Migration Review. 42(3): 550-75.

2006. Surak, Kristin. “‘Ethnic Practices’ in Translation: Tea in Japan and the US.” Ethnic and Racial Studies. 29(5): 828-54.

 

Book Chapters

2020. Surak, Kristin. “Japan, Land of the Rising Right.” In The Emergence of Illiberalism. Boris Vormann and Michael Weinman, editors. London: Routledge.

2020. Surak, Kristin. “Millionaires and Mobility: Inequality and Investment Migration Programs.” In Money Matters in Migration. Tesseltje de Lange, editor. Cambridge University Press.

2020. Surak, Kristin. “What Money Can Buy: Citizenship by Investment on a Global Scale.” In Deepening Divides: How Borders and Boundaries Drive Our World Apart. Didier Fassin, editor. London: Pluto Press. 21-38.

2017. Surak, Kristin. “Engaging Objects: A Phenomenology of the Tea Ceremony and Japaneseness.” In National Matters: Materiality, Culture, and Nationalism. Genevieve Zubrzycki, editor. Stanford: Stanford University Press. 173-92.

2017. Surak, Kristin. “Tea Flows: A Praxeological Perspective on Rituals.” In (Extra-)Ordinary Presence: Social Configurations and Cultural Repertoires, Markus Gottwald, Kay Kirchmann, and Heike Paul, editors. Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag. 175-87.

2015. Surak, Kristin. “Guestworkers Globally.” In The Handbook of the Political Economy of Migration, Simon McMahon, editor. Surrey: Edward Elgar. 167-83.

2012. Surak, Kristin. “Migration Industries and Developmental States in East Asia.” In The Migration Industry and the Commercialization of International Migration, Ninna Nyberg Sørensen and Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, editors. London: Routledge. 89-110. 

2010. Surak, Kristin. “Making Tea Japanese.” In Making Japanese Heritage, Rupert Cox and Christoph Brumann, editors. London: Routledge. 21-30.

 

Other Print Publications 

2020. Surak, Kristin. Review of Citizenship 2.0: Dual Nationality as a Global Asset by Yossi Harpaz. American Journal of Sociology. 126(3).

2019. Surak, Kristin. “Shinzo Abe and the Rise of Japanese Nationalism.” New Statesman. May 17: 22-25.

2019. Surak, Kristin. Review of Cultivating Femininity by Elizabeth Corbett and Gathering for Tea in Modern Japan by Taka Oshikiri. American Historical Review. 124(4):1440-1442. 

2018. Surak, Kristin. “Japan’s Womanomics.” Jacobin Magazine (30): 60-4.

2016. Surak, Kristin. “Global Citizenship 2.0: The Growth of Citizenship by Investment Programs.” Investment Migration Working Papers, IMC-RP 2016/3.

2016. Surak, Kristin. “Kosmopoliten: Der Handel mit Staatsbürgerschaften als globales Geschäftsmodell” [Cosmpolites: The Trade in Citizenship as a Global Business Model]. Lettre International (115): 19-22. (Extended version of “Our Citizenship is Expensive!”)
- Translated into Romanian (“Cosmopoliṭii,” Lettre Internationale, (101-102) 2017: 37-41.

2016. Surak, Kristin. “Our Citizenship is Expensive!” London Review of Books. September 22:39-40.

2016. Surak, Kristin. “Back to Baku.” Los Angeles Review of Books. August 4.

2014. Surak, Kristin. 「お茶の専門家から文化の専門家へ―家元制度の成立」[From Tea Specialists to Culture Specialists: The Formation of the Iemoto System] Wochikochi. Magazine of the Japan Foundation.

2014. Surak, Kristin. “Culture, Nation, and the Tea Ceremony.” Center for Comparative Japanese Studies Annual (10). 133-37.

2013. Surak, Kristin. “Karaoke im Liebeshotel.” Lettre International (101): 132.

2012. Surak, Kristin. “Die Ethnizitätsindustrie.” Lettre International (97): 114-8. (Extended version of “The Business of Belonging”)

2011. Surak, Kristin. Review of Japanese Women, Class, and the Tea Ceremony: The Voices of Tea Practitioners in Northern Japan, by Kaeko Chiba. Pacific Affairs 84(3): 580-1.

2010. Surak, Kristin. “Family Reunification in Europe and East Asia.” EUI Review (4): 17-8.

2010. Surak, Kristin. Review of Diaspora Without Homeland: Being Korean in Japan, Sonia Ryang and John Lie, editors. Pacific Affairs 83(4): 797-8.

2003. Recchi, Ettore, Damian Tambini, Emiliana Baldoni, David Williams, Kristin Surak, and Adrian Favell. “Intra-EU Migration: A Socio-Demographic Overview.” PIONEUR Working Paper No. 3.

 

Op Eds

“How COVID-19 will transform the market in investment migration.” Globalcit. June 3, 2020.

“No Sex, Please.” Verso Press. July 11, 2018.

“Hoping Against Hope: Japan’s Snap Elections.” International Politics and Society. October 11, 2017.

“Serious About Relocating From Trump’s America? Here Are Your Exit Options.” The Washington Post. November 15, 2016.

“受け入れにも積極的に” [Towards a Positive Reception (of refugees)]. Dōshin. P. 8, November 23, 2015.

“Japan’s Battle for Peace.” Jacobin. October 1, 2015.

“Shinzo Abe’s New Mandate.” The Diplomat. December 21, 2014.

“保守化の懸念” [Concern About Increasing Conservativism]. Dōshin. P. 6, December 17, 2014.

“The New Japanese Nationalism.” Jacobin. August 19, 2014.

“Abemania.” OpenDemocracy. July 9, 2014. 

Expertise Details

Political Sociology; International Migration; Nationalism; Japanese Politics