Chair of the Political Science Department, Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A., Sophia University, (Japan); M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Originally from Japan, I first came to the United States as an exchange student and became a strong advocate of exchange programs. After completing my B.A. at Sophia University (Jouchi Daigaku) in Tokyo, I jumped into the field of policy research, working with the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) members of the Japanese parliament. My desire to learn about domestic and global politics from a very different spectrum brought me to the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and later I earned my Ph.D. in political science at the University of Notre Dame.
What I hope for my students is to discover a life-long joy of developing a greater appreciation of and celebration for the differences and commonality of humankind. I would like them to understand the world by making connections among different pieces of knowledge they acquire in various disciplines. I would like my students to open their minds and hearts to different predicaments of other peoples and critically reflect on important issues which affect not only them but also others in the world.
My research interest has been on minority politics, especially the Korean minority in Japan. Most recently, I have been examining different factors behind decisions made by the local governments in Japan to allow foreign residents participation in referendums. My courses include Introduction to East Asian Politics, Gender Politics in Asia, Ethnic and Political Conflict in Asia, Introduction to World Politics, Peace and Conflict Resolution and Political Research.
When I am not on campus, I spend a lot of time with my husband, Carl and our son, Elliott.
Global Studies is about studying the world from the perspective of outer space looking down: from there, we see the simultaneous and overlapping forces that drive world affairs. GS students are trained to identify both the root causes of the challenges we face and to generate solutions that address them for the longer-term.
In addition to taking core courses in political science, economics, and foreign languages, the student chooses a special focus area within the major.
Students have focused on areas such as
We work closely with you to shape your program of study around your interests and future goals.
In our classes, we emphasize collaborative learning, problem-solving, debate, critical thinking, and diplomatic skills: writing, speaking, and listening.
Randolph College participates in National Model United Nations, which includes a week in New York each spring. As a result of their combined experiences, our graduates are prepared for work in a variety of fields, such as teaching, policymaking, and development, and for graduate and law school programs.
My own work is in the area of international humanitarian law. I am especially interested in how the rules of war influence countries decisions to go to war. Are the current rules adequate to both address new global threats and preserve international peace and stability? Much of my focus is on the United Nations Security Council and the changing norms regarding use of force standards. Teaching international law and the United Nations system is one of the most exciting aspects of my job.
I am happy that you are interested in Global Studies and am available to speak with you. Meanwhile, please look at our website, be in touch with current GS students, and check out our NMUN blog during the spring semester!
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Political Science; M.A.,University of Minnesota, Political Science; B.A., Reed College, Political Science
I teach a broad range of courses in American politics and political theory. My favorite classes to teach are those that challenge students' preconceptions about how politics actually works. I expect my students to grapple with difficult ideas in a variety of different ways and to be suspicious of simple explanations of complex problems. I particularly enjoy working with students on original research and challenging them to ask novel and interesting questions.
My research touches on institutions, language, and democratic theory. My primary focus is the politics of language, particularly the use of legal language, in the policy process. My dissertation, which I’m currently revising into a book manuscript, focuses on how justices and judges in the United States influence democratic politics in constitutional cases.
In addition to teaching and research, I love music, cooking, and jokes.