Comprehensive Exam Reading List (Social Stratification)

As six months have been passed since I completed my comps in social stratification, I’m uploading my reading list here, for those who are interested. Please note that this reading list does not necessarily represent the whole field of social stratification. The reading list is tailored to my research interests.

社会階層論のコンプス(総合試験)を終えてから約半年が経ったので、関心のある人向けにリーディングリストをこちらにアップロードしてみました。ちなみに、このリーディングリストは、私の研究分野に合わせて作られており、必ずしも社会階層論全体を代表しているわけではないのでご注意ください。

Report Meeting of the “niji VOICE 2018” Survey

On Sunday, December 16, I will be presenting the results of “niji VOICE 2018” (A Web Survey on LGBT Issues and the Workplace Environment) at the Report Meeting of the “niji VOICE 2018” Survey, cosponsored by the Center for Gender Studies at International Christian University and the nonprofit organization Nijiiro Diversity.

12月16日(日)に、国際基督教大学ジェンダー研究センターおよび特定非営利活動法人虹色ダイバーシティ共催の「LGBTと職場環境に関するWebアンケート調査 niji VOICE 2018 〜LGBTも働きやすい職場づくり、生きやすい社会づくりのための『声』集め〜 報告会」にて、「niji VOICE 2018」の調査報告を行います。詳細はこちらのリンク先をご覧ください。みなさまのご参加をお待ちしております!

Research Fellow of the Center for Gender Studies at International Christian University

As of September 1, I have been appointed as a Research Fellow of the Center for Gender Studies at International Christian University. Although I have already been involved in a collaborative research between the nonprofit organization Nijiiro Diversity and the Center for Gender Studies at International Christian University as a Research Member since October 2013, I am excited to continue working on the analysis of “niji VOICE” (Web Surveys on LGBT Issues and the Workplace Environment)!

このたび9月1日付けで、国際基督教大学ジェンダー研究センター研究員として任用されました。すでに2013年10月以来、特定非営利活動法人虹色ダイバーシティおよび国際基督教大学ジェンダー研究センターの共同研究に研究メンバーとして関わっていましたが、今後も「niji VOICE」(LGBTと職場環境に関するWebアンケート調査)の分析に取り組むことを楽しみにしています!

Upcoming Presentation at PAA 2018

On Thursday, April 27, Brian Serafini will be presenting our joint work “Beyond the Urban Core: Examining Variation in Divorce Filing Rates Across the Rural-Urban Continuum” at the upcoming annual meeting of the Population Association of America. This paper is co-authored by Brian Serafini, Julie Brines, and Daiki Hiramori.

Title: Beyond the Urban Core: Examining Variation in Divorce Filing Rates Across the Rural-Urban Continuum

Abstract: Recent evidence has documented a rural-urban convergence in divorce rates, challenging the notion that marriage is more fragile in large metropolitan centers. Little research, however, has examined the correlates of divorce in non-metropolitan regions. We test whether county-level divorce filing rates vary along a continuum that captures rural-urban integration. We also test whether regional variation in divorce filing rates is a function of economic restructuring and “casualized” family relations, levels of religious conservatism and early family formation, or the flow of information and social capital between counties. Using 15 years of monthly data on divorce filings in Washington State, Minnesota, and Ohio, we find evidence that divorce filing rates are contingent on the extent that a county is integrated in metropolitan regions. However, how any why metropolitan integration affects county-level divorce filing rates depends largely on state of residence and whether or not the divorce involved young children.

New Paper Published in Labour Research

My paper titled, “What Do Sexual/Gender Minority-Friendly Workplaces Look Like? Findings from the ‘Survey on LGBT Issues in the Workplace Environment'” has been published in the 561st issue of Labour Research.

このたび、『労働調査』2017年3月号に「性的マイノリティが働きやすい職場とは?――『LGBTに関する職場環境アンケート』の分析結果から」という論文が掲載されました。ぜひご覧ください!

New Short Article Published in CGS Newsletter

My short article has been published in the latest issue of the CGS Newsletter! The article, available in both Japanese and English, is titled, “Do Numbers Lie? Reading Statistics on Sexual and Gender Minorities.”

このたび、CGSニューズレター最新号に短い記事が掲載されました!タイトルは「数字は嘘をつかない?――性的マイノリティに関する統計データの読み方・考え方」で、日英両言語で読むことができます。

Upcoming Presentation at PAA (Part 2)

Next month, I am attending the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America to present my poster “Social-Institutional Structures That Matter: An Exploratory Analysis of Sexual/Gender Minority Status and Income in Japan.” This work is based on my Master’s Thesis, and I am currently rewriting it for publication.

Title: Social-Institutional Structures That Matter: An Exploratory Analysis of Sexual/Gender Minority Status and Income in Japan

Abstract: While most previous studies examining the effects of sexual orientation on earnings rely on lesbian women, gay men, and their heterosexual counterparts in Western societies, this paper argues that focusing on different stratification processes within sexual/gender minorities as well as social-institutional structures of a society is indispensable to the study of sexuality stratification. Using the LGBT Workplace Environment Survey 2015, this study explores the association between sexual/gender minority status and income in Japan. The results show that there is a negative association between being a sexual/gender minority and income among both designated females at birth and designated males at birth. The results suggesting the lesbian premium found in Western economies are not observed in Japan. In addition, the findings indicate that the processes through which sexuality stratification operates depend on various categories of sexual/gender minorities such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, transgender, and a local transgender category in Japan “X-gender.”

Upcoming Presentation at PAA (Part 1)

On Thursday, April 27, Brian Serafini will be presenting our joint work “Beyond the Urban Core: How Place, Conservative Protestantism and Precarity Affect Divorce Filing Rates” at the upcoming annual meeting of the Population Association of America. This paper is co-authored by Brian Serafini, Julie Brines, and Daiki Hiramori.

Title: Beyond the Urban Core: How Place, Conservative Protestantism and Precarity Affect Divorce Filing Rates

Abstract: Why are divorce rates in non-metropolitan areas within the U.S. approaching those of the urban core? Recent evidence suggests that non-urban regions exhibit higher rates of conservative Protestantism, encouraging early transitions into marriage and childbearing that elevate the risk of divorce. Other work suggests that non-metropolitan regions have suffered acute declines in labor force attachment among less-educated workers, accompanied by a “casualization” of family relations that may jeopardize marital stability. Using 15 years of monthly data on county divorce filings in Washington State, we examine both perspectives. We find that less “metropolitan” counties tend to have higher divorce rates, but that higher rates of evangelical Protestantism explain this finding only for divorces not involving young children. County-level measures of educational attainment and manufacturing employment affect filing rates in ways consistent with the “casualization” hypothesis, but among couples with children, these factors do not explain persistently-higher divorce rates in non-metropolitan counties.

Report Meeting of the LGBT Workplace Environment Survey 2016

On June 19, I participated in the “Report Meeting on the LGBT Workplace Environment Survey: The Power of Data for the Improvement of the Workplace Environment in Tokyo 2016,” cosponsored by the nonprofit organization Nijiiro Diversity and the Center for Gender Studies at International Christian University, as a data commentator.

6月19日に、特定非営利活動法人虹色ダイバーシティおよび国際基督教大学ジェンダー研究センター共催の「LGBT職場環境アンケート報告会 〜データを職場環境改善のチカラに〜」にデータ解説担当として参加してきました。報告会での配布資料が虹色ダイバーシティのホームページにアップされましたので、ぜひご覧ください!

Upcoming Presentation: Possibilities of Queer and Feminist Methodologies in Quantitative Research

On June 12, I will be presenting “Possibilities of Queer and Feminist Methodologies in Quantitative Research: Findings from the ‘LGBT Workplace Environment Survey 2015’” at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of Japan (PAJ). The panel session “Sexual Minorities in Population Studies: Current State of Research in Japan” is the first session on sexual minorities at PAJ, so I am very excited to give my presentation.

6月12日の日本人口学会にて「計量研究におけるクィア・フェミニスト方法論の可能性――『LGBT職場環境アンケート 2015』の分析結果から」という報告を行うことになりました。今回報告を行う企画セッション「セクシュアル・マイノリティに関する人口学的研究―日本における研究動向の今―」は日本人口学会初のセクシュアル・マイノリティに関するセッションということで、とても楽しみにしています。