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Japan Research Centre

Academic Staff

Centre Chair

Dr Christopher Gerteis

Anthropology

Fabio Gygi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Fabio Gygi

Japanese society, material culture, medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural history

  • Tel: 020 7898 4417
  • Email: fg5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 562
  • Office Hours: Mondays 4-6pm or by email appointment

Economics

Costas Lapavitsas
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Costas Lapavitsas Theory of banking and finance; history of economic thought; the Japanese financial system. Teaching interests include banking and finance, the Japanese economy, history of economic thought.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4538
  • Email: cl5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 269
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2pm - 4pm
Satoshi Miyamura
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Satoshi Miyamura Regions: South & East Asia. Countries: India, Japan. Subjects: Development economics, Labour economics, Institutional economics, Labour-management bargaining; Research methods in economics.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4544
  • Email: sm97@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 554
  • Office Hours: Term 1 Fridays from 11:30 to 13:00

Ulrich Volz
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Ulrich Volz

International Finance, Open Economy Macroeconomics, Financial Market Development and Stability, Development and Transition Economics, Global Economic Governance, East Asian Financial Markets

  • Tel: 0207 898 4721
  • Email: uv1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 285
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays from 11:00 to 12:00 and by appointment

Financial & Management Studies

Yoshiko Jones
Yoshiko Jones

Ms Jones is a Teaching Fellow within the Department of Financial and Management Studies and Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea.

She also coordinates The Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese and Japanese Language Proficiency Test at SOAS Language Centre.

Tuukka Toivonen
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Tuukka Toivonen

Organisational sociology; social innovation and entrepreneurship; collaborative innovation communities and networks; the emergence of alternative organisational models and institutional frameworks; youth-led social entrepreneurship; youth issues in Japan; social policy; comparative research (esp. Europe and East Asia)

  • Tel: 020 7898 4526
  • Email: tt37@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 560
  • Office Hours: Monday 3.30 - 5pm

Helen Macnaughtan
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre / Co-Editor, Japan Forum, the official journal of the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS)
Helen Macnaughton
  • Tel: 020 7898 4530
  • Email: hm39@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 546
  • On Sabbatical:2014/15
Sonja Ruehl
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Staff Silhouette Financial Sector Development in Japan and Vietnam. Gender Issues in Financing Development. Microfinance Institutions in Vietnam

Yoshikatsu Shinozawa
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Staff Silhouette

Dr Shinozawa's research interests lie in asset management firms and their products. Recently he has developed a special interest in the areas of corporate governance, and the banking industry in Japan.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4084
  • Email: ys6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 556
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 3-5

History

Christopher Gerteis
Chair, Japan Research Centre
Christopher Gerteis

Modern and Contemporary Japanese history. Social and cultural history of the 20th century, especially the intersection of consumer capitalism and historical memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4093
  • Email: cg24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 304
  • Office Hours: Term 2: Thursdays 3-4pm and by email appointment
Martyn Smith
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Martyn Smith

Angus Lockyer
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Angus Lockyer Modernisation and modernity in Japan; world’s fairs, international and industrial exhibitions
  • Tel: 020 7898 4626
  • Email: al21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 316
  • Office Hours: Term 1: Mondays 3-5pm

History of Art & Archaeology

Meri Arichi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Meri Arichi

History of Japanese Art, Buddhist Art of Japan in context

  • Tel: 020 7898 4463
  • Email: ma70@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B302
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm
Timon Screech
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Timon Screech History of Japanese art; Edo painting; contacts between Japan and Europe in the 18th century; history of science in Japan; the theory of art history
  • Tel: 020 7898 4453
  • Email: ts8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B301
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15

Languages & Cultures of Japan

Alan Cummings
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Alan Cummings
  • Tel: 020 7898 4200
  • Email: ac50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 391
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-5pm/Fridays 4-5pm
Stephen Dodd
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Steve Dodd Modern Japanese literature, with particular interest in representations of the native place (furusato), gender/sexuality and modernity
  • Tel: 020 7898 4216
  • Email: sd5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 381
  • On Sabbatical:On leave 2014-15

Akiko Furukawa
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: 0207 898 4233
  • Email: af15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 383
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-4pm/Fridays 3-4pm
Andrew Gerstle
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Drew Gerstle Japanese literature, drama and thought, primarily of the Tokugawa period, with particular interest in Bunraku and Kabuki theatre and the plays of Chikamatsu
  • Tel: 020 7898 4207
  • Email: ag4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 390
  • On Sabbatical:On leave, 2014-15

Misako Kanehisa
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: 020 7898 4235
  • Email: mk7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 480
  • Office Hours: Mondays 13:00-14:00 / Wednesdays 12:00-13:00
Miwako Kashiwagi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Miwako-Kashiwagi-56
  • Tel: 020 7898 4236
  • Email: mk56@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 387
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 5-6pm/Fridays 5-6pm

Griseldis Kirsch
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Griseldis Kirsch

Contemporary Japanese culture, with particular interest in Japanese media and popular culture, representations of 'Otherness', social phenomena and war memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4288
  • Email: gk10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 377
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11am-1pm and by appointment
Barbara Pizziconi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Barbara Pizziconi Japanese applied linguistics; language teaching methodology; second language acquisition with emphasis on pragmatic aspects; linguistic politeness
  • Tel: 020 7898 4225
  • Email: bp3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 362
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2

Nana Sato-Rossberg
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Nano Sato-Rossberg

History of Translation Studies in Japan, Intergeneric translations (manga to film), Translation of oral narratives or orality, Cultural translation, The relationship between translation and power.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4224
  • Email: ns27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 380
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays & Fridays 3-4pm (term 1)
Isolde Standish
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Isolde Standish: Centre for Media and Film Studies

East Asian film and visual media

  • Tel: 020 7898 4227
  • Email: is16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 574
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-12noon/Email for an appointment

Kaori Taniguchi
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: 020 7898 4331
  • Email: kt16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 387
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3-4pm/Wednesdays 12noon-1pm

Library & Information Services

Fujiko Kobayashi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Staff Silhouette

Linguistics

Noriko Iwasaki
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Norika Iwasaki

Second language acquisition (grammatical and pragmatic development, impact of study abroad), language pedagogy, psycholinguistics (language production, cognition and language), Japanese linguistics.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4394
  • Email: ni3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 401
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11am-1pm

Politics & International Studies

Yuka Kobayashi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Yuka Kobayashi

Human Rights, WTO, Environment, with reference to China and East Asia

  • Tel: 020 7898 4736
  • Email: yk37@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4425
  • Office Hours: Fridays 11-1pm
Kristin Surak
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Kristin Surak

International migration, nationalism, ethnicity, culture, state and society in Japan, qualitative sociology

  • Tel: +44 (0) 20-7898-4749
  • Email: kristin.surak@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 262
  • Office Hours: Term 1: Tuesdays 2-4pm, Term 2: Fridays 1-3pm

Study of Religions

Lucia Dolce
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Lucia Dolce Japanese religious history, especially the medieval period; Japanese Tantric Buddhism and the esotericisation of religious practice; Millenarian writings and prophecy; Kami-Buddhas associations
  • Tel: 020 7898 4217
  • Email: ld16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 342
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-4pm

Professorial Research Associates

Gina Barnes
Professorial Research Associate
Gina Barnes
  • Tel: 020 7898 4463
  • Email: gb11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B302
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm
Neil Jackson
Professorial Research Associate
Neil Jackson

C19 and C20 Architecture


Peter Kornicki
Professorial Research Associate
Peter Kornicki

Cultural history of Japan before 1900, with special interests on the history of the book in East Asia (Korea and Vietnam as well as Japan), women's education and literacy, and the history of medicine and of cartography.

Ian Nish
Professorial Research Associate
Ian Nish

International history of northeast asian in 19th and 20th centuries


Naoko Shimazu
Professorial Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Political, social and cultural history of modern Japan, and Japan in the wider world

Evgeny Steiner
Professorial Research Associate
Evgeny Steiner

Muromachi epoch arts (especially Ikkyu and his circle); Ukiyo-e prints; history of Western collections of Japanese arts.


Yuriko Takahashi
Professorial Research Associate
Yuriko Takahashi Classical Chinese philology and phonology (Shuowen Jiezi focusing on the process of annotation by Duan Yucai and computerization of the Xu Yuan’s Text) and modern Chinese literature (Lao She focusing on his Christian background)

Research Associates

Oleg Benesch
Research Associate
Oleg Benesch
Timothy Clarke
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Japanese pictorial arts of the early modern and modern periods


Christine Guth
Research Associate
Christine Guth Art and design history; collecting and collections
Penelope Francks
Research Associate
Penelope Franks Japanese economic history, especially rural economic development and the history of consumption and the consumer

Monika Hinkel
Research Associate
Monika Hinkel

Meiji period prints especially prints by Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900)

David W Hughes
Research Associate
David Hughes Ethnomusicology; music of East Asia especially Japan; Japanese folk and theatre music; music and linguistics; Indonesian gamelan and Javanese street music

Olga Khomenko
Research Associate
Olga Khomenko

Post war Japanese History of Advertisement & consumerism in Japan

Personal Email: okhomenkojp@gmail.com

Barak Kushner
Research Associate
Barak Kushner

History of Japanese propaganda, Sino-Japan relations, comedy, and food history


Princess Akiko of Mikasa
Research Associate
Akiko Mikasa

Japanese art; western collections of Japanese art in the west

Rajyashree Pandey
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Medieval Japanese literature and Buddhism


Jonathan Service
Research Associate
Jonathan Service

History of music theory; structures of perception and changes in mentalité in Japan

Lone Takeuchi
Research Associate
Lone Takeuchi

History of ideas in Early-Mid Heian Period


Sarah Teasley
Research Associate
Sarah Teasley History of design and built space in modern Japan, with an emphasis on media, technology and institutional formation; design and architectural theory; gender and design; the history of new materials research and application
Ellis Tinios
Research Associate
Ellis-Tinios The illustrated woodblock-printed book in the Edo period; representing China in Edo-period books and prints; the actor prints of Kunisada

Carla Tronu
Research Associate
Carla Tronu

History of Japan (early modern) and Japanese religions; production of sacred space in Japanese cities; history of Christian missions in Asia; history of Nagasaka, Macao and Goa

Stephen Turnbull
Research Associate
Stephen Turnbull

Japanese history and religion


Akiko Yano
Research Associate
Akiko Yano

Japanese art and culture of the 16th to 19th centuries


Visiting Scholars

Masayuki Ito
Visiting Scholar
Masayuki Ito

Contemporary spirituality (e.g. yoga and meditation) in Japan and the UK

Kentaro Kobayashi
Visiting Scholar
Staff Silhouette

Urban and regional economics


Noriko Matsumoto
Visiting Scholar
Noriko Matsumoto

Research about Nonprofit Management and Social Enterprise

Tomoko Morita
Visiting Scholar
Tomoko Morita

Japanese diplomatic history in 19th century, especially treaty ports, extraterritoriality, international law, consular courts and immigration


Eunjee Park
Visiting Scholar
Eunjee Park

The study of environmental accounting & the study of corporate social responsibility

Shinichi Shirato
Visiting Scholar
Shirato Shinichi

Comparative study into effective industrial clusters, which were more vigorous in the postwarⅡ  economic growth period, in active regional economies; Distribution policy, about which the Japanese government referred before, related to city planning and management. In this relation, the role of the Chamber of Commerce in the regional economies.


Post-Doctoral Fellows

Eriko Tomizawa-Kay
Post Doc Research Associate
Eriko Tomizawa-Kay

Japanese Modern Art History, particularly 20th century paintings