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Laurel Cornell « Faculty

Laurel L. Cornell Adjunct Associate Professor, EALC Associate Professor, Sociology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Gender Studies

cornell at
Ballantine Hall 757
(812) 855-3221


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By training I am a demographer and landscape architect. During the first half of my career I focused on the population history of Japan in the early modern period (1603-1868). I wrote a number of articles on the roles of women and men, family relationships, birth, marriage, and death, household structure, and research methods. Since 1997 I have been pursuing graduate work in landscape architecture. Even with my new work, I expect Japan to continue to be a focus of interest. At present, I am considering how nuclear waste sites can be marked for durations of 1000, 10000, or 100000 years. As part of this work, I am analyzing the history of landform creation in Japan over the past 2000 years to determine how the construction of sites by cut, fill, or some combination of techniques enhances their endurance or disappearance.