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Introduction to the faculty

The Institute has over fifty international faculty members that bring to bear a wide range of experience from academia, business, education, journalism, government, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), as they set out to cultivate excellence in learning, teaching, and research.

In addition to their specialized knowledge on Japanese issues gained through extensive fieldwork and research, faculty members can also impart practical knowledge from an international student’s perspective, having studied in Japan themselves.

The diversity of the students and faculty really opens up one’s mind to different ways of thinking.
Naoe Tanaka, Japan

Core Teaching Staff

Colin Davis, PhD [Associate Professor]

Colin Davis

Karasuma Campus 323
Office Hours: By Appointment

Major Areas of Interest
Economic Growth
International Economics
Economic Geography

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Jeniffer McGuire, PhD [Assistant Professor]

Jennifer McGuire
Assistant Professor

Karasuma Campus 320
Office Hours: Mondays 11:00-12:30; by appointment

Major Areas of Interest
Deaf Studies
Marginalized youth

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Gregory Poole, PhD [Professor and Dean of the Institute]

Gregory Poole

Karasuma Campus 322
Office Hours: on leave 2021

Major Areas of Interest

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Gill Steel, PhD [Associate Professor]

Gill Steel

Karasuma Campus 324
Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-noon, by appointment

Major Areas of Interest
Political communication
Public opinion
Political behavior

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David Uva, PhD [Assistant Professor]

David Uva
Assistant Professor

Karasuma Campus 321
Office Hours: Mondays 13:10-14:40, by appointment

Major Areas of Interest
Japanese history
History education
Colonial history

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