Discovery Program Faculty and Staff | Okayama University
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Discovery Program for Global Learners at OKAYAMA University

Director

Ayami Nakatani

Ayami Nakatani

D.Phil. in Social Anthropology, University of Oxford
Director, Planning Office of the Discovery Program for Global Learners
Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Research fields: Anthropology of work with gender perspective, Reconciliation of work and family, Traditional textiles and fashion

 

Core Faculty

Kelly Hansen

Kelly Hansen

Ph.D. in Japanese literature and linguistics, The University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Professor and Academic English Advisor, English Language Program
Research Fields: early modern and modern Japanese literature (1600-present), language reform and change in written Japanese, language and gender in literature and film.

 

Eiko Ushida

Eiko Ushida

Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition, Carnegie Mellon University
Associate Professor and Japanese Language Advisor
Research Fields: Second Language Acquisition, Japanese Language Education, Teacher Professional Development, and Technology-Enhanced Education

 

 

 

Azhar Uddin

Md Azhar Uddin

D.Sc. in Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science
Cluster: Interdisciplinary Sciences for Global Sustainability
Research Fields: Catalysis; Adsorption; Energy Conversion and Biomass Utilization

 

 

Jian Tang

Jian Tang

Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Graduate University for Advanced Studies
Professor
Cluster: Interdisciplinary Sciences for Global Sustainability
Research Fields: laser spectroscopy for transient molecular species related to astrophysical chemistry, atmospheric physical chemistry, and combustion phenomena.

 

Michinobu Mino

Michinobu Mino

Ph.D., Okayama University Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology
Professor
Cluster: Interdisciplinary Sciences for Global Sustainability
Research Fields: Solid State Physics, Nonlinear Phenomena in Magnetic Materials

 

Yuki Ichinose

Yuki Ichinose

Ph.D. in Science (Cell Biology), Osaka University
Professor
Cluster: Interdisciplinary Sciences for Global Sustainability
Research Fields: Plant pathology

 

 

Tetsuo Kunieda

Tetsuo Kunieda

Ph.D. in Agriculture (Applied Animal Science), The University of Tokyo
Professor
Cluster: Interdisciplinary Sciences for Global Sustainability
Research Fields: Genetics, Mutant hereditary disease, and Animal model
Haeng-ja Chung

 

Haeng-ja Chung

Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology, UCLA
Associate Professor
Cluster: Cultural Diversity and Communities
Research Fields: Intersectionality of Ethnicity, Gender, and Class; Citizenship; Person-Centered Ethnography; Diaspora; and Action Research

 

Haruna Fukui

Haruna Fukui

Ph.D. in Sociology, Arizona State University
Associate Professor
Cultural Diversity and Communities Cluster
Research Fields: Migration and Integration; Family and Life Course; Social Networks; Gender

 

 

Tak Uesugi

Tak Uesugi

Ph.D. in Anthropology, McGill University
Associate Professor
Cluster: Cultural Diversity and Communities
Research Fields: medical anthropology, science and technology studies, environmental anthropology, anthropology of military and the environment, geothermal energy, toxic disaster, Vietnam War, toxic waste

 

Prajakta Khare

Prajakta Khare

PhD in Economics, University of Mumbai
Associate Professor
Cluster: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Research Fields: Social entrepreneurship in India, Social Capital, SME clusters

 

 

Takayuki Yoshioka

Takayuki Yoshioka

Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University
Associate Professor
Cluster: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Research Fields: Nonprofit advocacy and representation, social finance and fundraising, nonprofit coproduction of public service delivery

 

 

Kimiko Osawa

Kimiko Osawa

Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Associate Professor
Module: Governance
Research Fields: Comparative Politics, Japanese Politics, Gender and Politics, Democracy and Political Representation, Political Activism

 

 

 

Staff

Staff

Welcome to the Discovery Program!

Greetings from the administrative staff of the Discovery Program. We represent and work with people from diverse backgrounds here at Okayama University. We are always happy to help you and look forward to seeing you on campus!