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Toyota Visiting Professors

Endowed in 1988, the Toyota Visiting Professorship is granted to scholars from Japan and countries other than Japan in alternating years. It provides a rotating chair for scholars and public figures to spend one to two semesters at U-M to engage in academic exchange and research. Toyota Visiting Professors present public lectures, offer graduate seminars, and conduct research on various Japan-related topics.

CJS's Current Toyota Visiting Professor (2017-18)

Eric Rath - University of Kansas, History

Previous Toyota Visiting Professors

The Toyota Visiting Professors at the Center for Japanese Studies have been:

2016-17
Kazuhiro Soda - Filmmaker

2015-16
Satsuki Takahashi - George Mason University, Anthropology

David Leheny - Princeton University, Political Science

2014-15
Katsumi Nakao - J.F.Oberlin University, Anthropology

2013-14
J. Keith Vincent, Boston University; Japanese literature, comparative literature, queer theory

2012-13
Mariko Okada, Japanese performing arts

2011-12
Melanie Trede, Heidelberg University; art history

2010-11
Rieko Kage, University of Tokyo; political science

2009-10
Julia Adeney Thomas, University of Notre Dame; history

2008-09
Katsuya Hirano, Cornell University; history

2007-08
Mark McLelland, University of Wollongong; sociology

2006-07
Sadafumi Kawato, Tokyo University; Japanese politics

2005-06
Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni, Tel-Aviv University; sociology, anthropology, and East Asian studies

2004-05
Kazue Muta, Osaka University; sociology
Katsumi Nakao, Osaka City University; anthropology

2003-04
Reinhard Zoellner, University Bonn; Japanese studies

2002-03
Yukiko Tsunoda, Tanaka & Partners; law
Ikuo Kabashima, University of Tokyo; political science

2001-02
Jordan Sand, Georgetown University; history and East Asian languages and cultures

2000-01
Takanori Fujita, Kyoto City University of Arts; ethnomusicology
Fumiko Umezawa, Keisen University; Japanese studies
Susumu Yamaguchi, University of Tokyo; social psychology

1999-2000
Stephen Vlastos, University of Iowa; Japanese rural and agricultural history
Donald McCallum, UCLA; Japanese art history

1998-99
Hiroyuki Hashimoto, Morioka College; Folk performing arts
Mikiro Kato, Kyoto University; Japanese cinema

1997-98
T.R. Reid, The Washington Post; journalism
Norma Field, University of Chicago; Japanese literature

1996-97
Teigo Yoshida, University of Tokyo; anthropology
Hitoshi Miyake, Keio University; religion
Hiroyoshi Ishikawa, Seijo University; social psychology

1995-96
Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, University of Wisconsin at Madison; anthropology

1994-95
Masako Notoji, University of Tokyo; anthropology
Shuhei Hosokawa, International Research Center for Japanese Studies; music
Kazufumi Manabe, Kwansei Gakuin University; sociology

1993-94
Donald Richie, film

1992-93
Hideo Kojima, Nagoya University; education

1991-92
Jennifer Robertson, University of California at San Diego; anthropology
Takie Sugiyama Lebra, University of Hawaii; anthropology

1990-91
Kiyonori Sakakibara, Keio University; business

1989-90
Eleanor D. Westney, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; sociology/business

1988-89
Motohiro Kondo, Chūō Kōronsha; editor of Chūō Kōron