Department of Global Cultures


Addressing issues that relate to multicultural situations and cultural friction

Degree Programs: Global Cultural Formation, Global Social Dynamics, Global Communication

This department’s educational goal is to foster leaders who can communicate across national borders in order to address current issues that relate to multicultural situations and cultural friction. In order to achieve this, we have established the following three academic areas that focus on the key aspects: culture, society and communication.

  • Global Cultural Formation: We engage in research and education that equips students with an accurate understanding of how today’s diverse cultures and value systems were formed and how they have changed over time. This area of study will deepen their understanding of other cultures, which includes comparisons made with Japan.
  • Global Society Dynamics: We engage in research and education with the aim of identifying and communicating solutions to various problems faced in today’s world, particularly within the context of rapid internationalization through the transmission of information, capital, people and things.
  • Global Communication: We engage in research and education that explores both the potential and problems of language-based communication, and diverse methods of information processing using ICT.


Global Cultural Formation

Yoko Aoshima Associate Professor Modern European History: The History of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia
Kazuo Fujino Professor Culture and History of Music, Cultural Policy, Artsmanagement
Mamoru Hagihara Professor History of Asia, Legal History of Asia
Hiroko Ikegami Associate Professor Post-1945 Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Global Modernism
Hirotaka Inoue Associate Professor Political Theory, Public Policy, History of American Political Thought
Keiko Ishida Associate Professor Aesthetics, Art Theory, Studies of Culture and Representation
Fumiaki Itakura Associate Professor Film Studies
Tomomi Ito Professor Southeast Asian Studies, Thai Studies, Modern Buddhism, Women's studies
Kazuko Iwamoto Professor Francophone Literature, Art and Culture Studies
Masato Karashima Associate Professor International History and Cultural Diplomacy
Yuika Kitamura Associate Professor Comparative Literature and Culture
Nobuyuki Konno Associate Professor Japanese Intellectual History
Sachiko Kubota Professor Cultural Anthropology, Indigenous Studies
Hiromi Matsui Lecturer Modern and Contemporary Art History, French Art History
Rie Matsuya Professor English Literature
Takuya Nishitani Professor American Literature and Film
Keiji Notani Professor English and American Literature; Christian Culture
Shizue Osa Professor Modern Japanese History Cultural Studies Gender History
Takuya Ozawa Professor Modern and Contemporary History of Latin America, Global Histories of Foods
Yasushi Sadayoshi Professor Area Studies of Southeast Asia, Human & Environmental Studies
Chiyo Sakamoto Professor French Culture, French Literature
Yaroslav Shulatov Associate Professor Russian History, Japanese History, Russo-Japanese Relations, International Relations
Shinichi Tanigawa Professor Sociology, Contemporary Chinese Politics and Society
Naoko Terauchi Professor Ethnomusicology, Historical Study on Japanese Music
Masaru Toda Professor Comparative Literature and Culture
Tougo Tsukahara Professor History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) and STS
Ke Wang Professor Chinese Modern Thought History, National Problems in China, Nationalism in Japan China Relations
Takayuki Yamazawa Associate Professor Classical Studies

Global Social Dynamics

Kaoru Aoyama Professor Sociology, Gender/Sexuality, Migration, Research Methodology
Gianluca Gatta Project Associate Professor Anthropology, Sociology, Euro-Mediterranean Migration, Migrants' and refugees' Subjectivity
Yoshihiko Ichida Professor Contemporary French Philosophy
Daichi Ishimori Associate Professor Cultural Anthropology, Oceanic Studies
Satoru Nakamura Professor International Politics, Middle East Politics, Peace & Security Studies
Sho Niikawa Associate Professor Comparative Political Institutions, Politics in Germany and Europe
Akihiko Nishizawa Professor Sociology, Poverty, Social Exclusion, Urbanism
Hiroki Ogasawara Associate Professor Cultural Studies
Hiroki Okada Professor Cultural Anthropology, Trans-border/Multiculturalism, Apace Anthropology
Sara Park Lecturer Migration Studies, Race/Ethnicity/Nationalism
Tsuyoshi Saito Professor Cultural Anthropology, Middle Eastern Studies
Kazunari Sakai Professor International Relations, EU studies, Migration issues
Tomokazu Sakano Professor Comparative Politics, Contemporary British Politics
Tetsu Sakurai Professor Philosophy of Law
Yoshiko Shibata Professor Cultural Anthropology, Caribbean & Diaspora Studies, Americas Studies
Naritoshi Ueno Professor History of Social and Political Thought
Kiyoshi Umeya Professor Social Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Folklore Studies, Anthropological Studies of Religion
Masaharu Yasuoka Associate Professor American Government and Politics, Comparative Public Policy

Global Communication

Aaron Lee Albin Lecturer Linguistics, Second language acquisition of pronunciation
Fumiko Fujinami Professor Translation Studies
Ryoko Hayashi Professor Phonetics, Linguistics, Intercultural communication
Min Kang Professor Computer Science, Educational Technology
Hidenari Kiyomitsu Associate Professor Social Computing, Data Management, Information and System in Education, Social Information System
Eriko Matsumoto Professor Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience
Junya Morishita Professor Information Science, Multimedia Data Processing, Database
Hajime Murao Professor Social Systems Science, Machine Learning, Data Science
Takeshi Nishida Associate professor Interaction Design, Communication Design
Kazuhiro Ohtsuki Professor Computer Communication Systems, Computers in Education
Cynthia Crosby Quinn Limited Term Associate Professor Applied Linguistics
Haruka Shoda Assistant Professor Performance Science, Music Psychology, Cognitive Science, Multimodal Communication
Junko Tanaka Professor Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics
Tomoko Tatsumi Lecturer Child language acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Linguistics
Hideo Yuasa Professor Linguistics, German Linguistics, Japanese Linguistics