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Project Assistant Professor
I was born and raised in Kyoto, the historical capital of Japan. I hold a B.A. degree in English from Doshisha University (Japan) and an M.A. degree in TESOL from Sophia University (Japan). After studying at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (USA) for two years as a Fulbright scholar, I joined the Ph.D. program at Georgetown University (USA). I completed my Ph.D. degree in Linguistics at Georgetown in 2015 and just became a member of the Globalization Office at the University of Tokyo as of January 1, 2016.
My academic interests include: Second Language Acquisition, Language Education (including Faculty Development), and Educational Assessment. I have taught language courses (English and Japanese) and have been heavily involved in facilitating improvement of language education mainly in Japan and the US through pre-service teacher training, program evaluation, and research related to language education. I love traveling, running, and hiking in my free time.

Message to students

My earliest experience abroad was when I went to the Seychelles as a goodwill ambassador from my elementary school. Though brief, that first time abroad taught me life-long lessons and shaped who I am now. Learning a new language, and living in a different culture, gives us a profound opportunity to broaden our horizons, reflect on ourselves and others, and develop a sense of global community and our own identities within it. I truly hope that many of you will be able to enjoy and benefit from these special moments in your lives, and I am here to support your dreams!

Languages spoken

Japanese and English
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