Noah Johnson

Noah is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Iowa who has returned to academe after a decade in the workforce. His research focus is on the issues of representation, politico-cultural discourse and struggle, the place of ritual and the process of self-identification - specifically in the practice of traditional martial arts. Noah continues to do fieldwork into the practice and organization of Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu karate, a specific style of karate developed in Okinawa, Japan that now has a global presence, including organizations in the United States. Noah is dedicated to the philosophy that academic research should engage and inform responses to contemporary problems and seeks to take direction in developing research projects from the challenges that face society.