Graduate School of Asia-Pacific StudiesWaseda University



  • Position:Professor
  • Degree
    Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology, Cornell University
  • Background
    Visiting Scholar, Yale University, (2006-2007)
    Visiting Scholar, University of Hawaii Manoa (2007-2008)
    Visiting Scholar, EHESS, Paris (2009)
    Associate Professor/Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University (1998-Present)

Field of Specialization

Cultural Anthropology,Japanese Studies, Gender Studies, Work and Organizations, Migration Policy

Research Theme

Changing nature of Japanese society from the lens of gender; Work/life balance and changes in the workplace, etc.
The reception of migrants in contemporary Japan

Major Works / Publications Awards

Major Works

  • Forthcoming, 2014, Satsuki Kawano, Glenda S. Roberts and Susan Long, eds., Capturing Contemporary Japan. Honolulu:  University of Hawaii Press.
  • 2011.   Gabriele Vogt and Glenda S. Roberts, eds., Migration and Integration—Japan in Comparative Perspective. Munich: Iudicium.
  • 2000. Mike Douglass and Glenda S. Roberts, eds.  Japan and Global Migration:  Foreign Workers and the Advent of a Multicultural Society.  London and New York:  Routledge Press.  Updated with a new preface and in paperback from University of Hawaii Press in 2003.
  • 1994.  Staying on the Line:  Blue-Collar Women in Contemporary Japan.  University of Hawaii Press.  Selected for inclusion on the list of Noteworthy Books in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics (1994), Industrial Relations Section, Princeton University, 1995.

Academic Societies / Service to Society

Academic Societies

JAMPS (Japanese Association for Migration Policy Studies)
SSWW(Society for the Study of Working Women)
Association for Asian Studies
American Anthropological Association
Japan Anthropology Workshop
European Association of Japanese Studies

Service to Society

Member, MOJ government council on immigration policy, since 4/2013.
Fulbright Commission Commissioner, since 2009.

Research Project

MA:Everyday Life in the Asia-Pacific
PhD:Contemporary Japanese Society

Research theme, outline of project research seminar, message to prospects

My seminar utilizes qualitative research methods as a tool to explore the dynamics of social life among peoples in the contemporary Asia-Pacific region. Each MA student focuses on a particular country, asking a narrowly defined question, utilizing gender, class, race and ethnicity as appropriate as lenses to view the social phenomenon under question.  In particular, students who wish to study qualitative aspects of migration, work issues, gender issues, or family/population/aging issues, are most welcome as these encompass my own areas of research. Recently, students have been researching topics such as young Japanese urbanites that migrate to rural areas to farm, changing gender roles and masculinity in Japan, the socialization of discipline in junior high schools in Japan, changing marriage practices in contemporary China, and robots and the aging society in Japan, to name just a few. I encourage students to view their topics from a variety of angles, including top-down through looking at policy frameworks, as well as bottom-up, from the micro-level of analysis.

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