In my last semester as an undergraduate at Bethel College in Minnesota, I encountered Professor Paul Wiebe in a Sociology of Religion class. Dr. Wiebe was raised in south India, and his teaching helped me see how distinctive and problematic some features of American society are. As a result of his class, when an opportunity arose to teach English in Japan, I took it, hoping that a year abroad would further develop my comparative perspective. While in Japan, a stranger in a train station gave me a leaflet which raised concerns about police interrogations and wrongful convictions in Japanese criminal justice. My interests in criminal justice and Japan and sushi took off from there.
- Advanced Research Fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 1997
- PhD, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, 1996
- MA, Sociology, University of Chicago, 1989
- BA, (Summa Cum Laude) in Mathematics, Minor in Sociology, Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1983
- Certificate, Intensive Program in Advanced Japanese, Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, Yokohama, Japan, 1988
- SOC 218: Introduction to Social Problems
- SOC 333: Survey of Criminology
- SOC 336: Deviant Behavior and Social Control
- SOC 357: Sociology of Japan
- SOC 374: Law, Politics and Society
- SOC 431: Analysis in Criminology/Juvenile Delinquency
- SOC 432: Analysis in Corrections
- SOC 632: Criminal Justice System
My teaching and research focus on criminal justice (police, prosecutors, and punishment, mainly in Japan and the US), comparative law and society, and the death penalty.