I joined the University of Oxford in 2008. After completing my BA and MA degrees at the University of Tokyo, I studied at Northwestern University in the US, where I got my PhD in sociology in 1988. After going back to Japan, I worked at the National Institute of Multimedia Education from 1988 to 1991, and then moved to the Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo, where I taught the sociology of education for almost two decades until I came to Oxford.
Research Areas: Education, Social Stratification and Social Mobility, Educational and Social Policies, Social Changes in Postwar Japan.
My teaching at Oxford includes the Sociology of Japanese Society. I have supervised doctoral and masters students research on education, inequality, social organizations, and other social problems in Asian countries including Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, and Turkey.