I am a sociologist who studies gender inequality and public policy at the George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Much of my work tries to understand how and under what conditions gender becomes relevant in predicting life chances across different levels of geographical location. I employ intersectionality-informed multilevel models to examine intersecting sources of inequality, such as race/ethnicity, parenthood and class, while simultaneously analyzing labor market policies or conditions that impact social inequality.
I was born and raised in the city of Yokohama (横浜), which is the second most populated city in Japan after Tokyo. At the age of 17, I participated in an educational exchange program through Youth For Understanding (YFU) – a non-profit international educational organization, and studied for a year as a high school exchange student in Boise Idaho. Upon graduating from high school in Japan, I earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology (Magna Cum Laude) with a minor in Multi-Ethnic Studies from the Boise State University and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.