IAM Members

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Eline Delmarcelle

Member of Institute of Asian Migrations

Eline Delmarcelle is a PhD student at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University. After obtaining B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology, she pursued her MA in Political Sciences at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), and was awarded a magna cum laude for her MA thesis on the cultural diplomacy of Japan and its portrayal of Japan as a homogeneous society. She is currently working as a Research Assistant while focusing her own research on how national myths influence migration, belonging and naturalization decisions with the examples of Japan and Belgium.


Prof. Shinzo Hayase

Member of Institute of Asian Migrations

HAYASE Shinzo, Ph.D., is a professor of Southeast Asian history at Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University. He earned his B.L. from the University of Tokyo in 1980 and his Ph.D. from Murdoch University (Western Australia) in 1984. He has published widely on the history of East Maritime Southeast Asia and the Philippines-Japan Relations. He is the author of Mindanao Ethnohistory Beyond Nations: Maguindanao, Sagir, and Bagobo Societies in East Maritime Southeast Asia(Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2007); A Walk Through War Memories in Southeast Asia (New Day Publishers, 2010); Japanese in Modern Philippine History (Waseda University, Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, 2014); Gurobaruka-suru Kasukuni Mondai(The Yasukuni Shrine Controversy from the Perspective of Southeast Asia: A Hidden Dispute) (Iwanami Shoten, 2018), etc.

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Helena Hof

Member of Institute of Asian Migrations

Helena Hof (Ph.D.) is a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich. Helena earned her PhD from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan where she also worked as a Research Associate at the Center of Asia-Pacific Studies and continues to be an associate member of the Institute of Asian Migrations. Helena is a migration scholar with focus on skilled labor migration in Japan as well as comparative projects on Singapore (previous stays at NTU and NUS), Sao Paulo (visiting fellow at the Center for Metropolitan Studies, USP) and European contexts (visit to the University of Hamburg). As an early career researcher, she was awarded a four-year JSPS grant on skilled labor mobility in global cities which has allowed her to expand her qualitative research experience in Asia and Europe to South America. At the University of Zurich, Helena is working on a book manuscript while serving as a lecturer and developing new collaborative projects, which draw on her expertise in migration and mobility studies, urban sociology, sociology of work, gender and youth. Her most recent publications include ‘The Eurostars Go Global: Young Europeans’ Migration to Asia for Distinction and Alternative Life Paths', published in Mobilities and ‘Opting Out for Getting In: Existential Mobility in European Graduates’ Migration to Asia’, forthcoming in the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.


Hidetaka Hirota

Member of Institute of Asian Migrations

Hidetaka Hirota is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Advanced Study at Waseda University. He is a historian of the United States with particular interests in immigration, law and policy, labor, and transnational history. He received his Ph.D. in History from Boston College, where his dissertation won the university’s best humanities dissertation award. The dissertation also received the Cromwell Dissertation Prize from the American Society for Legal History. Before joining Waseda, he served as a Mellon Research Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University and taught in the History Department at the City University of New York-City College. Hirota is the author of Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy (Oxford University Press, 2017). It received the First Book Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, the Lois P. Rudnick Award from the New England American Studies Association, and the Donald Murphy Prize from the American Conference for Irish Studies, as well as Special Commendation for the Peter J. Gomez Prize from the Massachusetts Historical Society.

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Jotaro Kato

Member of Institute of Asian Migrations

KATO Jotaro is a PhD candidate at Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Waseda University. He has started his PhD from April 2017 after supporting undocumented migrants in Japan as a case worker of NGO. His majors in international labor mobility and global sociology. His research interest is on undocumented migrants, refugees and migration policy in Japan. He uses qualitative methods, with the belief that grassroots level observations, participation, interaction, and interviews contain as well as reveal the workings of greater thematic issues. He was a visiting scholar at Queens College, City University of New York (from August 2018 to February 2019) funded by JSPS Overseas Challenge Program for Young Researchers. He is currently a research fellow (DC2) at Japan Society for the Promotion Science. He is also a visiting lecturer at Hosei University, University of the Sacred Heart and Tokyo Women’s Christian University. His latest publication is “Living with ‘illegality’ : What makes it possible for irregular migrants to live in Japan?” Migration Policy ReviewVol.11 (May, 2019).


Prof. Kazuo Kuroda

Member of Institute of Asian Migrations

Kazuo KURODA has long been interested in educational development and policies in Asian nations, global and regional governance of education, international student mobility as well as inclusive and special needs education in developing countries. He graduated from Waseda University (B.A.), Stanford University (M.A.) and Cornell University (Ph.D.). He has formerly held positions as Researcher-in-Residence at the Overseas Development Council in Washington, D.C., Consultant for the Asia Pacific Regional Department of the World Bank, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at the Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education of Hiroshima University, Member of Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Visiting Fellow at IIEP-UNESCO, Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo and Dean of International Affairs at Waseda University. Currently, Kazuo also serves as Visiting Research Fellow at JICA Research Institute, as well as a member of several advisory committees at the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an executive board member of Japan Society for International Development (JASID) and Japan Comparative Education Society (JCES).  He is also an editorial board member of several academic journals and publications, including the International Journal of Educational Development and Global Comparative Education (WCCES).  He was an editorial board member of Global Education Monitoring Report (UNESCO) in 2016 representing East Asia and the Pacific region. His edited book publications includes Migration and Mobility in Asia Pacific Higher Education (2012) by Palgrave Macmillan, Asian Regional Governance of Higher Education (2013) by Keisoshobo and Emerging International Dimensions in East Asian Higher Education (2014) by Springer.


Prof. Gracia Liu-Farrer

Director of Institute of Asian Migrations

Gracia Liu-Farrer (Ph.D. Sociology, University of Chicago), is professor of sociology at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, and Director of Institute of Asian Migration at Waseda University, Japan. Her research examines immigrants’ economic, social and political practices in Japan, and the global mobility of students and professional migrants. Currently she investigates how the globalizing labor market restructure migrants’ careers as well as redefine the meanings of work, and how firms in Japan and Germany deal with the increase of mobile workers. She has authored the monograph Labor Migration from China to Japan: International Students, Transnational Migrants (Routledge) and many book chapters and journal articles. She is the co-edited of the Routledge Handbook of Asian Migrations(with Brenda Yeoh).


Prof. Glenda S. Roberts

Member of Institute of Asian Migrations

Glenda S. Roberts obtained her PhD in Anthropology from Cornell University in 1986.  After holding research and academic positions in Honolulu from 1988, she has lived and worked in Japan since 1996, first at the University of Tokyo Institute of Social Sciences, and then, from 1998 to the present, at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies of Waseda University, where she is Professor. Her major areas of research are on gender, work, family, and migration policy in contemporary Japan.    In the migration field, she has co-edited two books: Gabriele Vogt and Glenda S. Roberts, eds., Migration and Integration—Japan in Comparative Perspective. Munich: Iudicium, 2011, and, with Mike Douglass, Japan and Global Migration:  Foreign Workers and the Advent of a Multicultural Society.  London and New York:  Routledge 2001).  Her most recent work in the migration field is “An Immigration Policy by any Other Name: Semantics of Immigration to Japan,” (SSJJ 21(1)2018).  She is currently serving on the 7th Deliberative Committee for Immigration Control Policy, Ministry of Justice of Japan.  She spent 2017-18 as a Visiting Scholar at EHESS in Paris, and the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center, in Honolulu. Her current research projects are “Work-Life Balance and Well-being for Middle-Class Families in Paris and Tokyo”, and “Inclusion and integration of diversity:  Employers, newcomer migrant workers, and their communities in Japan.” She is the President of the Society for East Asian Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association.


Assistant Prof. Tina Shrestha

Member of Institute of Asian Migrations

Tina Shrestha has a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from Cornell University. She is Assistant Professor at the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS), Waseda University. Her research includes asylum legalization in North America and migration infrastructures interconnecting Southeast and East Asia. She is currently researching on the role of the Nepali state and private agencies, including language institutions and educational consultancies, facilitating migration to Japan. Her recent publication includes "Aspirational Infrastructure: Everyday brokerage and foreign-employment recruitment agencies in Nepal" (Pacific Affairs 91, 4 [2018]), and is a guest co-editor of a special issue journal “Introduction: Practices of Brokerage and the Making of Migration Infrastructures in Asia" (Pacific Affairs 91, 4 [2018] with Brenda S.A. Yeoh).


Xin Y. Wang

Member of Institute of Asian Migrations

Xinyu Wang is a PhD in International Relations candidate at the Graduate School of Asian-Pacific Studies, Waseda University. His research includes the critical analysis of the identity performance of international migrants, with particular attention to Chinese immigrants in Japan. His main research interests lie in the analysis of migrants’ transnational socio-cultural practices.

Xin was awarded his BEng with Honours from University of Liverpool, a MSc in development studies from the London School of Economics, a PGCert in business administration from St Mary’s University, a MSc in sociology from the London School of Economics, and worked as an assistant lecturer in Economics at the Hunan Institute of Engineering before arriving at Waseda University to pursue his Ph.D. degree. His most recent publication is 'Digital Technology, Physical Space and the Notion of Belonging among Chinese Migrants in Japan', Asiascape: Digital Asia (Forthcoming); and ‘Development Induced Migration and Institutionalised Discrimination - Differential Citizenship and Internal Migrants’ Self-Identity in China’, published in Journal of Internal Displacement (2019) 9:1.

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