Aya Kimura, Faculty, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Aya Kimura

Office: Saunders 214
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-2706
Email: kimuraa@hawaii.edu

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UH Award Winner


I grew up in Japan and Singapore, always interested in issues related to environmental sustainability. I first pursued an MA in Environmental Studies and became convinced of the need to address both ecological and social justice issues. To further explore these topics, I decided to take on a path of Ph.D. in Sociology/Rural Sociology. I began to focus on the relationships between technoscience, sustainability, and power, and these are the themes that continue to interest me. In my teaching and my research, I often use food as an entry point to examine the big questions about environment-human relations, mobilization and dissent, and marginality. I like eating and cooking food, but I would say that the topic of food (and body) is a wonderful gateway for harnessing sociological imagination.


  • PhD, Department of Sociology/Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
  • MA, Environmental Studies, Yale University, 2001
  • BA, International Legal Studies, Sophia University, 1997


  • SOC 305: Women and Health
  • SOC 318: Women and Social Policy
  • SOC 367: Sustainability, Technoscience, and Social Justice
  • SOC 400: Food, Body, and Women: Analysis of Biopolitics
  • SOC 478: Analysis in Field Research Methods
  • SOC 609: Seminar Qualitative Research
  • SOC 670: Sociology of Sustainability


At the broadest level, my research examines the intersections of technoscience and environmental justice. More concretely, I have written on politics of nutritional science and bio/fortified food (or the idea of “smart food”); citizen science; post- Fukushima nuclear accident politics of gender and science; and food politics in Hawai’i. In terms of area expertise, I have written a book based on fieldwork in Indonesia as well as in Japan. My more recent works have focused on Japanese cases, covering issues such as food insecurity, food education, consumer cooperative movements, and citizen science after the Fukushima nuclear accident.

Community Engagement

I have organized talks around sustainability, Fukushima nuclear accident, and citizen science that are open to the public.