TAKAKURA Hiroki is Professor at the Center for Northeast Asian Studies (CNEAS), Tohoku University. He was born in Tokyo in 1968 and raised in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, and Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. After graduating from the Faculty of Humanities, Sophia University, he obtained his PhD in Social Anthropology from the Graduate School of Social Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1999. Before his current position at CNEAS he was Assistant Professor at the Tokyo Metropolitan University. During that time, he was Visiting Associate Professor at the National Museum of Ethnology and Visiting Researcher at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. He specializes in social anthropology and Siberian ethnography.