Jacalyn Harden received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Northwestern University in 1999. Her first book, Double Cross: Japanese Americans in black and white Chicago (University of Minnesota Press: 2003) is a blend of ethnography and social history that focuses on the shared history of civil rights struggles and economic realities that firmly links Japanese and black Americans in both Chicago and U.S. racial politics. Her second book, Dark Mouth, White Breast: Race, Nature, Motherhood, Technology, is currently under revision. It is an interrogation of anthropology's role in public and academic discourse about breastfeeding and biological determinism. It underscores the discipline's perhaps less obvious and unintended place in helping to define what it means to be human in ways that often further the goals of neoliberal social and economic policies.
She is currently working on a third project tentatively titled: The Bullet and the Veil: Childhood, Innocence, and the Politics of Human Nature.
Double Cross: Japanese Americans in Black and White Chicago. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, May 2003.
"Os Nossos Computadores, Nós Mesmos:Aquilo que a antropologia nos diz sobre a mudança tecnológica.", Revista de comunicação e linguagens A Cultura das redes, Numero Extra, 35-43, Maio 2002.
(Our Computers, Ourselves: What Anthropology Can Tell Us About Technological Change
Network Culture (Special Edition):35-43. May 2002).
"Not Matthew Perry: How Japan's JET program is Changing What it Means to be 'International'". CLAIR (Council of Local Authorities for International Relations ) Journal. Summer 1996.
"The Enterprise of Empire: Race, Class, Gender, and Japanese National Identity." Identities : Global Studies of Culture and Power. 1994. 1(2-3): 173-199.
[Reprinted in Roger N. Lancaster and Micaela di Leonardo, eds., The Gender/Sexuality Reader: Culture, History, Political Economy. New York: Routledge, 1997]