Karen Ann Smyers

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Karen Ann Smyers (October 31, 1954– ) is an American academic with a special interest in Japan.[1] She has also developed a second career as a Jungian analyst.[2]

Early life[edit]

Smyers earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College; and she earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Princeton University.[2] Her doctoral thesis was entitled "The fox and the jewel: a study of shared and private meanings in Japanese Inari worship."[3] She is known as an expert on Inari Ōkami and Inari-related literature.


Smyers taught in the Religion Department at Wesleyan University.[2]

Jungian analyst[edit]

In 2001, Smyers enrolled in the Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland. In 2007, she was awarded a diploma is from the International School for Analytical Psychology (ISAP). She established a practice as a Jungian analyst in Hadley, Massachusetts.[2]

Smyers became of the President of the Western Massachusetts Association of Jungian Psychology.[2]

Selected works[edit]

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Karen Ann Smyers, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 3 works in 10+ publications in 1 language and 300+ library holdings.[4]

  • The Fox and the Jewel: a Study of Shared and Private Meanings in Japanese Inari Worship (1993)
  • "'My Own Inari' - Personalization of the Deity in the Inari Worship," Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, Vol. 23, No. 1-2 (1996), pp. 85-116.


  1. ^ Library of Congress authority file, Karen Ann Smyers, nr93-18812
  2. ^ a b c d e Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, Lecturer information, September 2010.
  3. ^ Thesis (Ph. D.)--Princeton University, 1993.
  4. ^ WorldCat Identities Archived 2010-12-30 at the Wayback Machine.: Smyers, Karen Ann 1954–

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