“Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last.”
—Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Adventure of the Red Circle” in His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes
My teaching interests include (1) gender and sexuality, (2) social stratification, (3) Japanese society, (4) social statistics, and (5) research methods. As a social scientist, I see research and teaching as complementary. I use my research activities to inform my course materials and I use my teaching skills to make my research practical and useful to the communities that I study.
Also, I am committed to making my classes an equitable and inclusive learning environment for students from all diverse backgrounds. In particular, my teaching emphasizes the perspectives of systemically marginalized populations, who are excluded from full participation in social institutions based on various social attributes. The educational institution as a whole is always already hostile to students from systemically marginalized groups, and I hope my classes serve as a safe space, where students can develop critical thinking skills with which to challenge social inequality.
I’ve developed an introductory course on queer theory for social science students. I taught this course as the instructor of record in Summer 2020. The class is offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences/Faculty of Social Sciences at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan.
Course Overview: Students will learn the fundamental concepts of queer theory, which has been attracting attention in recent years not only in the humanities but also in the social sciences. In this year’s class, in addition to the foundational texts of queer studies, students will read case studies from Japan, Black queer studies, and queer demography literature to acquire proficiency in the consideration of social phenomena related to gender and sexuality. This class will be offered in English.
Download a sample syllabus here.
I have taught various sociology courses as a teaching assistant in the Department of Sociology at the University of Washington.
Courses Taught: Survey of Sociology; Evolution and Revolution: An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Social Change; Who Gets Ahead? Public Schooling in America; Foundations of Social Inquiry; Intimate Relationships; The Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective
I’ve also delivered guest lectures at universities in the United States and Japan.
Lecture Topics: Measurement of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Quantitative Research; Labor Market Inequality by Sexual/Gender Minority Status in Japan