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Faculty Affiliates





Joseph Hankins joined the Japanese Studies Program in 2009. Currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, his research focuses on social movements of labor and identity, multiculturalism, neoliberalism, and stigma, with particular attention to the semiotics and materiality of circulation, publics, and processes of recognition.

Social Sciences Building (SSB) 295


Political Science

Germaine A. Hoston, Political Science joined the Japanese Studies Program in 1992. She is Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Her most recent publication is The State, Identity, and the National Question in China and Japan (Princeton University Press, 1994). Professor Hoston is also a member of the Chinese Studies faculty.

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Wendy Matsumura received her Ph.D. in History from New York University. She is currently working on two major research projects: the first on the unfolding of transnational labor struggles across Japan’s prewar sugar empire and the second on the emergence of the concept of surplus labor in Japanese social scientific discourse. She will teach undergraduate and graduate courses on the development of class antagonisms, gender oppression and racialized discourses in the Japanese empire.

Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSS) 3040

Andrea Mendoza


Andrea Mendoza holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University (August 2019) and a B.A. from Connecticut College (May 2013). Her research and teaching areas combine the studies of 20th and 21st century East Asian and Latin American literatures and visual cultures; transpacific studies; feminist and gender studies; critical race studies; and intellectual history. Her current projects focus on developing an intersectional and transpacific approach to comparing philosophical, literary, and cinematic discourses on race and racism in Mexico and Japan and their role in constituting ideas about national identity in the twentieth century.

Literature Building (LIT), 446

Daisuke Miyao


Daisuke Miyao, the Hajime Mori Chair in Japanese Language and Literature, joined the Japanese Studies Program of UC San Diego in 2014. He is a professor with the Department of Literature. His research focuses on film history and theory. Prof. Miyao has published The Aesthetics of Shadow: Lighting and Japanese Cinema (Duke University Press, 2013), Cinema is a Cat: Introduction to Cinema Studies (Heibonsha, 2011), Sessue Hayakawa: Silent Cinema and Transnational Stardom (Duke University Press, 2007). He is also edited The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Cinema (Oxford University Press, 2014) and co-edited Transnational Cinematography Studies (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) with Lindsay Coleman and Roberto Schaefer, ASC.

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Political Sciences

Megumi Naoi received a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her research focuses on the politics of trade, redistribution, and inequality in East Asia.

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Ulrike Schaede is Professor of Japanese Business at GPS (School of Global Policy and Strategy). Her areas of research include business strategy and management, financial markets, regulation, and innovation in Japan. Her 2020 book “The Business Reinvention of Japan: How to Make Sense of the New Japan and Why It Matters” (Stanford University Press 2020) won the 2021 Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize from Japan, as well as the 2021 U.S. Axiom Business Book Award (silver medal, “Economics”). In 2022, it was published in Japanese as 再興 THE KAISHA 日本のビジネス・リインベンション by Nikkei BP.  She is also the Director of JFIT, the Japan Forum of Innovation and Technology, a Japan center that bridges business and innovation interests in San Diego and Japan.

Robinson Building Complex (RBC) 1317


Visual Arts

Kuiyi Shen is a Professor of Asian Art History, Theory, and Criticism, Vice Chair and Director of Ph.D. Program at Visual Arts. He teaches a broad range of courses and topics from surveys on the arts of Japan, Japanese Buddhist art and architecture, Japanese painting and Ukiyo-e prints, and the arts of modern Japan.

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Yasu Hiko Tohsaku, GPS Director, Japanese Language Program, joined the Japanese Studies Program in 1987 and is Professor of Pacific International Affairs for the School of Global Policy and Strategy. He wrote the the first communicative-oriented Japanese language textbooks published in the United States textbook, also used by the Japanese language program, Yookoso!: An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese and Yookoso!: Continuing with Contemporary Japanese.

Robinson Building Complex (RBC) 1309


Director, Japanese Studies Program

Christena Turner, Sociology Director, Japanese Studies, joined UCSD in 1987. Professor Turner is an associate professor with the Department of Sociology and an adjunct associate professor at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Her areas of research and teaching include Chinese and Japanese Studies, culture, consciousness, labor relations and workplace cultures, everyday life, religion, and ethnography. She has published Japanese Workers in Protest: An Ethnography of Consciousness (University of California Press, 1995). 

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