Akiko Hashimoto, PhD


Affiliated with the University Center for International Studies: Asian Studies Center, Western European Studies Center, and Global Studies Center. My areas of interest are cultural sociology, comparative and global sociology, collective memory and national identity, generational and cultural change, family and education, aging and social policy, East Asia, Western Europe, and North America. I was educated at the University of Hamburg, London School of Economics, and Yale University. Before coming to the University of Pittsburgh I was a Research Associate at the United Nations University in Tokyo.

My published books are The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory, and Identity in Japan (Oxford University Press, 2015),  Imagined Families, Lived Families: Culture and kinship in contemporary Japan (SUNY Press, 2008), The Gift of Generations: Japanese and American Perspectives on Aging and the Social Contract (Cambridge University Press, 1996), and Family Support for the Elderly: The International Experience (Oxford University Press, 1992).

Graduate courses taught: Culture and Power; Collective Memory; National Identity in a Global World; Qualitative Methods; Research Design, Global and Comparative Seminar. 

Fields of Interest

  • Culture and Power
  • Global and Comparative Sociology
  • Cultural Trauma, Memory and National Identity
  • War and Peace in Popular Cartoons
  • Popular Culture
  • Aging, Family, and Policy
  • Japanese Culture and Society


  • PhD, Yale University, 1984

The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory and Identity in Japan

War and Peace in Popular Comics

The Gift of Generations: Japanese and American Perspectives on Aging and the Social Contract. Cambridge University Press, 1996

“Cultural Trauma of a Fallen Nation: Japan, 1945” in Narrating Trauma: On the Impact of Collective Suffering, edited by Ron Eyerman, Jeffrey C. Alexander, and Elizabeth Breese. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2011, pp.27-51

Imagined Families. Lived Families: Culture and Kinship in Contemporary Japan. SUNY Press, 2008 (co-edited)

“Blondie, Sazae, and their storied successors: Japanese families in newspaper comics,” in Imagined Families, Lived Families, edited by Akiko Hashimoto and John Traphagan. Albany: SUNY Press, 2008, pp.15-32.

Family Support for the Elderly: The International Experience. Oxford University Press, 1992 (co-edited)

The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory, and Identity in Japan. Oxford University Press, 2015

  • Cultural Sociology
  • Collective Memory
  • Japan and the USA
  • Global and Comparative Sociology
  • Global Perspectives on Popular Culture
  • National Identity in the Global World
  • Mass Society in Japan
  • Comparative Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Societies
  • Culture and Power
  • Research Design

Toshiba International Foundation, 2007-08 “Shifting Cultural Landscape: Globalization of Japanese Popular Culture” (co-PI)

UCIS Faculty Research Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, 2004-05

Student’s Choice Award for Teaching Excellence, College of General Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2003

Abe Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, American Council of Learned Societies, and Japan Foundation-Center for Global Partnership, 1996-97