Katrina Moore



Katrina Moore is a sociocultural anthropologist who specialises in the anthropology of ageing of East Asia and Japanese culture. Katrina’s research interests revolve around gender, health, and well-being, ageing and caregiving, lifelong learning, and life course transitions and development.

Katrina’s life began in Sydney, Australia with a childhood in Tokyo, Japan where she was exposed to different cultures. She completed an undergraduate degree in Political Economy and Anthropology at the University of Sydney, followed by an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology awarded by Harvard University in 2003 and 2007. Since 2004, she has conducted more than three years of extended fieldwork in Japan. Her research projects include the analysis of gender and marital relationships in later life, lifelong learning in music and theatre among older adults, and social issues surrounding caregiving in Japan.

At the University of New South Wales, Katrina works with a number of programs and centres including the Social and Anthropology program, Asian Studies program, and the Social and Cultural Inquiry Cluster in the School of Social Sciences.

Katrina supervises postgraduate and honours students and regularly reviews books and journal articles for anthropology and Japanese studies journals.

Research Areas

Theories of the self, life cycle, ageing and wellbeing, cultures of retirement, later life learning

Current Research Projects

Gender, Ageing, and the Performing Arts in Japan
A book on amateur practitioners of the Noh Theatre and the contributions they make to sustaining this performance art in the 21st century. It focuses on the elderly’s adoption of Noh as a medium of wellbeing creation and social participation in late life.

Postgraduate Research SupervisionAreas of Supervision
Gender Dynamics, Ageing

Katrina teaches courses on the life-course, living and dying, technology and culture, and contemporary Japanese society.

Teaching areas

Old Age and Ageing, Birth and Death, Life Cycle, Culture and Society

Current teaching

ARTS 1871 Researching Cultural Experience
ARTS 2877 Technology, Culture, Society
ARTS 3883 Personhood in Asia

Affiliation and Memberships

  • Japanese Studies Association of Australia
  • Association of Asian Studies
  • American Anthropological Association


    Subject areas


    Moore K, 2014, The Joy of Noh: Embodied Learning and Discipline in Urban Japan, State University of New York Press, http://www.sunypress.edu/p-5841-the-joy-of-noh.aspx
    Book Chapters
    Moore K; Campbell R, 2009, 'Mastery with Age: The Appeal of the Traditional Arts to Senior Citizens in Japan', in Godzik M (ed.), Altern in Japan, edn. Original, Verlag, Munich, pp. 223 - 251, http://www.dijtokyo.org/publications/japanstudien_21_altern
    Journal articles
    Moore K, 2017, 'A Spirit of Adventure in Retirement: Japanese Baby Boomers and the Ethos of Interdependence', Anthropology and ageing, vol. 38, pp. 10 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.5195/aa.2017.159
    Moore KL, 2013, 'Transforming Identities through Dance: Amateur Noh Performers' Immersion in Leisure', Japanese Studies, vol. 33, pp. 263 - 277, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10371397.2013.831732
    Moore K, 2012, 'Singing in the Workplace: Salarymen and Amateur No Performance', Asian Theatre Journal, vol. 29, pp. 164 - 182, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/atj.2012.0011
    Moore K, 2008, 'The Pursuit of Healthy Longevity: Leisure, Gender, and Sociality in Aging Japan', Harvard Asia Quarterly, vol. 11, pp. 32 - 41