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

Director

Ayami Nakatani

Ayami Nakatani

Ph.D. (Social Anthropology), University of Oxford
Professor
Research fields: Anthropology of work with gender perspective, Reconciliation of work and family, Traditional textiles and fashion
Email: nakatani@okayama-u.ac.jp (change @ to @)

 

Core Faculty

Kelly Hansen

Kelly Hansen

Ph.D. (Japanese literature and linguistics), The University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Professor
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.
Email: khansen@okayama-u.ac.jp (change @ to @)

 

Eiko Ushida

Eiko Ushida

Ph.D. (Second Language Acquisition), Carnegie Mellon University
Associate Professor
Japanese Language Advisor
Research Fields: Second Language Acquisition, Japanese Language Education, Teacher Professional Development, and Technology-Enhanced Education
Email: eikoglobal@okayama-u.ac.jp (change @ to @)

 

 

Azhar Uddin

Md Azhar Uddin

Ph.D. (Chemistry), Tokyo Institute of Technology
Professor
Cluster: Transdisciplinary Sciences for Global Sustainability
Research Fields: Catalysis; Adsorption; Energy Conversion and Biomass Utilization
Email: alazhar@okayama-u.ac.jp (change @ to @)

 

 

Jian Tang

Jian Tang

Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry), Graduate University for Advanced Studies
Professor
Cluster: Transdisciplinary Sciences for Global Sustainability
Research Fields: laser spectroscopy for transient molecular species related to astrophysical chemistry, atmospheric physical chemistry, and combustion phenomena.
Email: jtang@okayama-u.ac.jp (change @ to @)
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Michinobu Mino

Michinobu Mino

Ph.D. (Physics), Okayama University
Professor
Cluster: Transdisciplinary Sciences for Global Sustainability
Research Fields: Solid State Physics, Nonlinear Phenomena in Magnetic Materials
Email: mino@okayama-u.ac.jp (change @ to @)

 

 

Kenji Inagaki

Kenji Inagaki

Ph.D. (Agricultural Chemistry), Kyoto University
Professor
Cluster: Transdisciplinary Sciences for Global Sustainability
Research Fields: Agricultural Chemistry,Applied Microbiology, Biochemistry, Vitaminology, Biotechnology
Email: kinagaki@okayama-u.ac.jp (change @ to @)

 

 

 

Keiji Sakamoto

Keiji Sakamoto

Ph.D. (Forestry), Kyoto University
Professor
Cluster: Transdisciplinary Sciences for Global Sustainability
Research Fields: Forest Ecology,Tree Population Dynamics, and Ecological Forest Conservation
Email: skmtelm@okayama-u.ac.jp (change @ to @)

 

Yuki Ichinose

Yuki Ichinose

Ph.D. (Cell Biochemistry), Osaka University
Professor
Cluster: Transdisciplinary Sciences for Global Sustainability
Research Fields: Plant Pathology and Genetic Engineering
Email: yuki@okayama-u.ac.jp (change @ to @)
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Tetsuo Kunieda

Tetsuo Kunieda

Ph.D. (Applied Animal Science), The University of Tokyo
Professor
Cluster: Transdisciplinary Sciences for Global Sustainability
Research Fields: Genetics, Mutant hereditary disease, and Animal model
Email: kunieda@okayama-u.ac.jp (change @ to @)

 

Haeng-ja Chung

Haeng-ja Chung

Ph.D. (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
Email: hchung@okayama-u.ac.jp (change @ to @)

 

 

Haruna Fukui

Haruna Miyagawa

Ph.D. (Sociology), Arizona State University
Associate Professor
Cluster: Cultural Diversity and Communities
Research Fields: Migration and Integration; Family and Life Course; Social Networks; Gender
Email: hmiyagawa@okayama-u.ac.jp (change @ to @)

 

 

Tak Uesugi

Tak Uesugi

Ph.D. (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
Email: takuesugi@okayama-u.ac.jp (change @ to @)

 

Kimiko Osawa

Kimiko Osawa

Ph.D. (Political Science), University of Wisconsin-Madison
Associate Professor
Cluster: Cultural Diversity and Communities
Research Fields: Comparative Politics, Japanese Politics, Gender and Politics, Democracy and Political Representation, Political Activism
Email: Osawadiscovery@okayama-u.ac.jp (change @ to @)

 

Prajakta Khare

Prajakta Khare

Ph.D. (Economics), University of Mumbai
Associate Professor
Cluster: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Research Fields: Social entrepreneurship in India, Social Capital, SME clusters
Email: prajakta@okayama-u.ac.jp (change @ to @)

 

 

Takayuki Yoshioka

Takayuki Yoshioka

Ph.D. (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
Email: taka_yoshioka@okayama-u.ac.jp (change @ to @)

 

 

 

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!