|専攻分野||Media studies, religious studies|
|主要著書・論文||Celebrity Gods: New Religions, Media, and Authority in Occupied Japan (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2012)|
|将来的研究分野||Diversity and Identity, Disability studies|
|担当の授業科目||Special Topics in English: Interdisciplinary Studies 、
Special Topics in English: Society
Exploring Social Diversity, Identity, and Media Literacy
My recent research has focused on understandings of diversity, equality, identity, trauma and disability in various societies. Often, understandings by individuals are developed through social or family connections (such as friends and parents), educational institutions (such as teachers or education systems), or the media. Yet, little attention is paid to the assumptions and hidden biases that exist within people's minds as a result of what they have been taught or what they have come to believe is true.
Although the world is increasingly connected via social media, and there are many positive aspects to the connections that can be formed through media. But without media literacy skills and awareness of hidden biases, people can accept worldviews that do not encourage diversity, which may leave some people feeling isolated, marginalized, and not accepted.
An understanding of trauma in contemporary societies, which can take many forms, such as bullying or early childhood trauma, is also vitally important. Intergenerational trauma continues to be an important area of study in societies like Australia, where indigenous peoples have experienced separation from families, violence, and harsh institutionalization. But trauma can manifest in multiple ways in communities, and the effects of trauma, if the subject is not understood or discussed, can have a significant impact on issues of diversity and identity.
As organizations around the world are increasingly seeking to promote understandings of diversity, inclusion, and acceptance of differences, there are still important concerns relating to access. While access is clearly an issue that affects people with disabilities, it is also related to other aspects of identity such as gender, race, and class. Examining access from various perspectives can lead to a deepened and nuanced understanding of individuals in societies.