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Earlham College Office

Dyron Dabney | Director, Japan Study, Earlham College
ddabney@albion.edu | Phone TBA
Dyron Dabney is the Director of Japan Study and an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. His research and teaching interests include Japanese electoral politics and elite politics. His present-day research is motivated and informed by interdisciplinary studies that bring into focus gendered differences in political behavior. Dyron is a contributor to the co-edited volume, Democratic Reform in Japan (2008), and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation publication Japan Moves Forward (2014). His current research projects include an examination of spousal participation effects on election campaign outcomes in Japan, and an investigation of gender and political ethics in Japan. Dyron is a 2012-2014 Maureen and Mike Mansfield U.S.-Japan Network for the Future scholar, and regular guest lecturer at the Matsushita of Government and Management, Kanagawa, and Sophia University, Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

TBA | Program Associate, Japan Study, Earlham College
Japan Study is currently seeking applications for the Program Associate position

Mary Owens | Coordinator, Japan Study, Earlham College
owensma@earlham.edu | 765-983-1224
Mary, a native of the Richmond, Indiana area and graduate of Indiana University, has worked with the Japan Study Program since July 1991. Mary comes from a farming background where hard-work, common sense and practicality are essential. Having put three children through college, she is familiar with parent-related questions and concerns. Don't hesitate to call her for any information regarding the program's details or logistics.

Waseda University Office

Michiyo Nagayama | Program Associate/Coordinator, G/A Japan Study, Waseda University
Michiyo has worked with Japan Study at the Waseda University office since 1984. She has extensive experience working with host families and providing support to students. As an undergraduate at Waseda University, she participated on the Japan Study program and studied abroad at Albion College for a year. She received her MA and Ph.D. in Education from Waseda University. Her research interests include liberal arts colleges and study abroad programs. She also teaches at Rikkyo University about multiculturalism and higher education.

Sarah Bernard Asada | Program Assistant, G/A Japan Study, Waseda University
A graduate of Antioch College, Sarah participated in the Japan Study program in 2002-03 and has been working with Japan Study since 2004. Sarah is currently completing her Ph.D. in International Studies at the Waseda University. Her research focuses on the long-term impacts of study abroad on participants’ personal, academic, and career development. In addition to her experience at Japan Study supporting American and Japanese students in their study abroad experiences, she has worked as a research assistant and teaching assistant at Waseda University and has 7 years of experience as a teacher at a private high school and junior high school located in Tokyo.

Karen Maruyama | Program Assistant, G/A Japan Study, Waseda University
Karen graduated from Denison University in 2012 and participated in the 2010-2011 Japan Study Program. She has been living and teaching in Japan since graduating college and is currently attending Sophia University's Global Studies Masters Program. She has experience navigating cultural differences in Japan and can provide assistance with questions about daily life, cultural concerns, and homestays.