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