I consider myself to be an internationally active scholar with a successful, multi-disciplinary approach to the social sciences. Following the receipt of my Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University and subsequent two years of post-doctoral work at Harvard University’s Program on US-Japan Relations and Department of Anthropology, I taught at Stockholm University, Sweden, between 2007 and 2015, where I was promoted from an assistant professor to a professor.
I have also held affiliations with King's College London, the University of Tokyo, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (Japan), University of Aarhus (Denmark), University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Stockholm School of Economics, and Columbia University (USA). Before beginning my academic career, I was a staff reporter for five years at Kyodo News, a Japanese wire service, where I covered the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Bank of Japan.
My research interests include civil society, social movements, politics, peace strategies, security, as well as issues facing education and energy. My research is international in scope and comparative in focus.
I am currently leading the scholarship on Asian civil society and producing impactful, distinguished work with a unique, interdisciplinary focus emphasizing innovative and empirically grounded concepts, such as ethnography. I am the author of The Failure of Civil Society?: The Third Sector and the State in Contemporary Japan
(SUNY, 2009), which won the Japan NPO Research Association Book Award in 2010, and Lifelong Learning in Neoliberal Japan: Risk, Knowledge, and Community
(SUNY, 2015). In preparing these books, I keep abreast of the latest developments in social science theory, choosing projects that will demonstrate a deep understanding of how society functions within contemporary theoretical contexts. I have also contributed to many top-tier international journals and edited volumes on Ja