Thomas Blackwood

Department of International Relations


Email: tblack@tiu.ac.jp
Last updated: August 3, 2023 2:45 pm

⬛ Education

2005 Ph.D. - Sociology, University of Michigan
1998 M.A. - Asian Studies: Japan, University of Michigan
1991 B.A. - East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

⬛ Teaching and Research Interests

Sociology, Social Psychology, Inequality, Education

⬛ Academic Appointments

2014- Professor, Tokyo International University
2012-2014 Program Manager, MIT-Japan Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2008-2012 Associate Professor, University of Tokyo
2007-2008 Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
2006-2007 Assistant Professor, Bunkyo Gakuin University
2003-2006 Faculty Research Associate, University of Tokyo

⬛ Fellowships & Grants

2009-2011 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
2002-2003 Ito Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship
2001-2002 U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship
1998-2001 U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Multi-Year Fellowship
1999 University of Michigan International Institute Ford Seminar in the Social Sciences and Area Studies

⬛ Selected Publications/Conference Papers

“‘Worse than Prison’: Undocumented Immigrant Detention and Provisional Release in Japan.” The Free Market of Ideas: International Social Science Conference and Research Forum, Waldorf University, April 23, 2022.
“The Psychological Stresses and Strains of Immigrant Detention in Japan.” Social Science Conference and Research Forum, Waldorf University, April 24, 2021.
“Detention, Uncertainty and Precarity: The Lives of Irregular Migrants in Japan.” TIU Global Dialogue, Tokyo International University, December 16, 2020.
“Playing Ball in Japanese High Schools.” Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies (RCAPS) Seminar, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, December 21, 2016.
“Bukatsu: An Essential Part of Japanese School Education.” Lakeland Lectures, Lakeland College Japan, May 25, 2016.
“Join the Club: Effects of Extracurricular Club Membership on Japanese High School Students’ Self Image” (with Douglas C. Friedman). Japan Forum 27(2) (2015) (Routledge): 257-275.
“Homo Athleticus: The Educational Role of Extracurricular Clubs in Japanese High Schools.” In K. Okano (Ed.), Beyond Formal Schooling in Japan: Non-Formal Education and Civil Society (pp. 71-91). (2015) New York: Routledge.
“Playing Baseball/Playing ‘House’: The Reproduction of ‘Separate Spheres’ in Japanese High School Baseball.” Sport, Education and Society 15(1) (2010) (Routledge): 83-101.
“Bushido Baseball? Three ‘Fathers’ and the Invention of a Tradition.” Social Science Japan Journal 11(2) (2008) (Oxford): 223-240.

⬛ Institute for International Strategy


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