Teaching Staff

TEACHING STAFF of Six Major Programs :

Teaching staff of "Psychology and Human Studies" Program

Kaoru AOYAGI, Associate Professor
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  • History of Islamic thought, Study of Sufism (Islamic mysticism), Study of women, sexuality, and bioethics in Islam
Fuyuki EBATA, Associate Professor
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  • Linguistics
  • Syntax and Morphology of Sakha language
Osamu FUKUSHIMA, Associate Professor
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  • Cognitive linkage between trait information of self and others
  • Structural diversity of the self-concept
  • Resolution strategies for interpersonal conflict
Hiroyuki IYAMA, Professor
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  • Historical and philosophical studies on rationality and methodology in science History of vaudeville performances in contemporary Japan and analysis of the creative mechanism of comedy
Atsushi KIDO, Associate Professor
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  • Metaphysics and epistemology of modern philosophy, Philosophy of Immanuel Kant, History of eighteenth-century German philosophy, Philosophy of the mind, Philosophy of free will
Nobuo KUDOH, Associate Professor
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  • Motor control
  • Coordination and dissociation between perception and action
Takashi KURIHARA, Professor
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  • Study of German idealism, especially Hegel, Development of the problems in applied ethics
Kenichi MIYAZKI, Professor
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  • Cognitive processes related to absolute and relative pitch in music- Cognitive interactions between musical pitch processing and verbal processing
  • Perceptual and cognitive processes related to music and sound
  • Auditory attention and memory
Yusuke MIYAZAKI, Associate Professor
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  • Philosophy, aesthetics and ethics with a focus on contemporary Europe. With an emphasis on Jacques Derrida's deconstruction, Post-Kantian aesthetics of the sublime, Contemporary European thought on the humanities
Nobu SHIRAI, Associate Professor
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  • Development of visual perception in infancy
  • Adaptive functions of visual perception
Kotaro SUZUKI, Professor
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  • Human and animal visual perception
  • Evolution of the human mind

Teaching Staff of "Field Studies in Society and Regional Culture" Program

Akinori ABE, Assistant Professor
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  • Archaeology
Hirofumi HASHIMOTO, Professor
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  • The study of the palaces of ruling families in the Kofun period
Takahiko HORI, Associate Professor
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  • Historical GIS
  • Historical geography research on landscapes and maps in premodern Japan
Yasuo IIJIMA, Associate Professor
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  • Folkloric study of irrigation customs and villages
  • Folkloric study of the local development of sericulture
Tetsuo IKEDA, Professor
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  • Folklore of occupations and daily life; folklore and the protection of nature; material culture and life history
Katsuhiro MATSUI, Professor
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  • The study of Max Weber's social theory, sociological research on communities in disaster areas
Masato NAKAMOTO , Associate Professor
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  • Entertainment theory
Kiyoshi NAKAMURA , Professor
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  • Cultural anthropology research on communal rituals and communal land tenure in Bali (Indonesia), ethnography of the local mass media in the provinces of Bali and West Nusa Tenggara
Yasuyuki SATO, Professor
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  • Rural society in Japan and Thailand, the social history of rural life in Niigata, the formation of welfare society
Noriyuki SHIRAISHI, Professor
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  • Archaeology
Nahoko SUGIHARA, Professor
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  • The study of educational attainments and their relation to family and gender, the sociology of regional society and gender
Noboru WATANABE, Professor
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  • Comparative research on the creation of new space in regional society: Toward the construction of public space in Japan and South Korea

Teaching Staff of "History" Program

Naofumi HARA, Professor
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  • The study of urban society and product distribution in early modern Japan
  • The study of regional society in early modern and modern Japan
Saho HIROKAWA, Associate Professor
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  • Socio-economic history
  • The history of land system in northeast China and Inner Mongolia
Ayako HOSODA, Professor
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  • Study of the importance and function of art in religion, Art in medieval Europe, Religious art, Christian iconography, Thanatology
Takayuki NAKABAYASHI, Associate Professor
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  • Ancient Japanese history
  • Formation of and regional society in the ancient Japanese state
  • Research on the Buddhism policy of the ancient Japanese state
Moto NAKAMURA, Associate Professor
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  • Modern and Contemporary Japanese History
Shiro SEKIO, Professor
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  • Asian history
  • The study of base-layer society in ancient China through excavated relics and manuscripts
Hideki TAKAHASHI, Professor
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  • The history of political culture in ancient Greece
  • The history of cultural exchanges in the ancient Mediterranean world
  • The comparative study of ancient texts and arts
Yasuhiro TAKAHASHI, Associate Professor
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  • Study of American culture, American sociopolitical history
Tamihiro YAMAUCHI, Associate Professor
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  • The social history of early modern Korea, and the historical study of minority groups in early modern Korea
  • The historical study, based on family registers, of social status and family in Korea
  • International relations of East Asia in the 17th century
Toshifumi YATA, Professor
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  • The political power structure in Japan during the Sengoku period
  • Commodity transportation in medieval Japan
  • Historical study of earthquakes in Japan

Teaching Staff of "Japanese and Asian Linguistic and Literature" Program

Takayo FUJIISHI, Associate Professor
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  • Modern Korean literature, the work of Yi Sang (1910-37), "National Literature" in the early 1940s
Eiko HASHIYA (BABA), Professor
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  • Chinese literature, the study of Chinese folk narratives, the study of traditional puppet plays of the Zhoushan Islands in China
Shunya HIROBE, Associate Professor
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  • The study of Japanese urban literature in the pre-modern period
Junichi ISOGAI, Associate Professor
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  • Ancient Japanese linguistics
Noriaki KODAMA, Associate Professor
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  • History of musical thought in ancient China
Masataka MITSUI, Associate Professor
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  • Japanese linguistics
Susumu SAKITA, Professor
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  • Modern Japanese literature, comparative literary research on modern Japanese literature
Sanae TAKAHASHI(SUZUKI), Associate Professor
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  • Classical Japanese Literature

Teaching Staff of "Western Languages and Cultures" Program

Takamichi AKI, Associate Professor
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  • English syntax, English semantics, Comparative syntax, Linguistic theory
Yoshihito DOBASHI, Associate Professor
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  • Syntax, Syntax-phonology interface, Linguistic theory
Yukihiko HIRANO, Associate Professor
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  • 19th-century American literature (especially Edgar Allan Poe); methods of teaching and studying literature; English language teaching at the college level (especially the teaching of reading skills)
Takamichi ICHIHASHI, Associate Professor
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  • British Literature and Culture
Chinatsu KOMAGATA, Assistant Professor
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  • Foreign language education, Educational system in France
Satoshi KUWAHARA, Professor
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  • The cultural and literary history of European gardens, research on the linguistic characteristics of mysticism, research on European Kunst- and Wunderkammern
Masami SUZUKI, Professor
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  • Russian culture in the 20th century, unofficial art and jazz culture in Russia, the study of Osip Mandelstam
Hareo TAKADA, Professor
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  • Contrastive study on the phenomenon of frozenness in Japanese and French
Yutaka TAKAGI, Professor
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  • Modern French poetry, the poetics of voice, French romanticism
Haruyo YOSHIDA, Associate Professor
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  • The study of modern German culture, cultural theories, and intercultural relations between Germany and Japan

Teaching Staff of "Representation and Media Studies" Program

Satoshi BAMBA, Associate Professor
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  • Dostoevsky, 19th-centurty Russian literature and society, the human body and the media, Bakhtin
Kenichi HARADA, Professor
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  • In Japan, how did film and new media spread in regional society? In addition, how do film and new media function in regional society? And what kind of culture did film and new media produce? I try to understand these processes structurally and historically.
Tatsuo HEMMI, Associate Professor
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  • Research on the history of ideas in the 18th-century French Enlightenment
Kenji INOMATA, Associate Professor
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  • Comparative literature and culture, the comparative study of Renaissance poetics and classical Japanese poetics, the cultural history of the Godzilla films and Imperial Japan, Tokyo and the South Seas in the Showa Period.
Minori ISHIDA, Associate Professor
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  • Studies of Contemporary Visual Culture
Yoshiaki KAI, Associate Professor
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  • Visual Arts
Yorio KITAMURA, Associate Professor
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  • Research on information technology and media transformations, practical research on the development of media literacy, research on the social functions of local media
Yutaka KOGA, Associate Professor
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  • The study of contemporary media and popular culture
Atsushi MIURA, Professor
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  • The study of Heinrich Mann and Thomas Mann, the study of Theodor Storm, research on the Ideology about the Whale and the Dolphin
Takashi NAKAMURA, Professor
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  • The study of non-verbal communication in the behavior of cell phone use
Yoichi SAITO, Professor
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  • 19th century Russian literature, especially Turgenev and Chekhov

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