Dr. Helena Grinshpun is currently a Research Fellow at the Truman Research Institute of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. In 2009 she completed her doctorate in anthropology and Japanese studies at Kyoto University, Japan. Her PhD thesis dealt with the incorporation of global cultural commodities in Japan. During her PhD, Helena also taught at the Theology Department of Doshisha University and at the Logos Seminary, Kyoto. Since 2010 she has been teaching courses on Japanese contemporary society and culture at the East Asian Department of the Hebrew University.
Her research interests are cultural representation, structuring of public space, gender and consumer behaviour. Her current project focuses on the history of consumer education in Japan. Helena's recent research project on consumption and public space in urban Japan, conducted in affiliation with the International Centre for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, is to be published in the forthcoming issue of Japan Review. Her other publications include essays on coffee as a cultural commodity in Japan and Israel, and a comparative study of Japanese and Jewish literature.