Kanoko Kamata

My research focuses on what historical mechanisms have made Japanese people politically passive and what motivates Japanese people to take action and to be a part of social movements. My research interests originated from my own challenges as an organizer. Before starting the PhD program, I had been an activist/organizer on gender issues, especially gender-based violence, and also trained Japanese people based on community-organizing frameworks through a nonprofit organization in Tokyo. I am currently studying about the anti-sexual violence protests in Japan, which have spread to all of the country's prefectures. I’m particularly focused on what practices facilitate participation in the movement.

Education & Training

  • MA, Harvard University, 2012
  • BA, Nihon University, 2000

Representative Publications

2018. Kamata, Kanoko. "Civic Lawmaking: The Case of the Domestic Violence Movement in Japan," Asia Pacific Journal. Volume 16, issue 21.  https://apjjf.org/2018/21/Kamata.html

Research Interests

  • Social movements
  • Civic leadership
  • Repression
  • Gender issues
  • East Asian socieities

Research Grants

2020. Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (tuition, health insurance, living expenses for two years AY 2020-2021 and 2021-2022)