Department of Community and Leadership Development
Associate Professor of Rural Sociology

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Specializes In:

  • Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Social Dimensions of Agricultural Science and Technology
  • Community Food Security
  • Cross-cultural, Comparative Analysis
  • Transformations of Asian societies

International Experience:

  • Born in Kyoto, Japan
  • Studied China Studies at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan
  • Completed dissertation fieldwork in China, 1994-1996
  • Worked at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1998-2001
  • Served as the Director of UK Asian Center, 2008-2013
  • Participates in the UK Japan Studies program
  • Collaborated with faculty and students in various agricultural and rural social science programs in Japan, China, Korea, Indonesia, New Zealand, Poland, England, and Canada
  • Traveled across Japan, China, India, and Indonesia for various research, teaching, and cultural exchange initiatives by UK
  • Maintains long-term working relationship with faculty and students in several Japanese universities and research institutions¬†

Selected Award:

  • The Rural Sociological Society's 2011 Excellence in Instruction Award. The Rural Sociology Society, 2011


  • Native Japanese speaker
  • Fluent in English
  • Elementary Chinese