This is my first job after I received my Ph.D. My family and I love Mardi Gras, crawfish, gumbo, and hot and humid weather (?).
I am a family sociologist with an emphasis on comparative aspects. My research interests include the division of household labor, marital satisfaction, work and family relationships, parenting, and issues on aging, among others. I am also interested in inequality by class, race/ethnicity, or gender and sociology of sports.
Originally from Japan, my work has involved comparative aspects of family/inequality issues in Japan and the United States. Recently, however, I have expanded my scope to other countries, including Asian countries other than Japan.
To assess the catastrophic damage Hurricane Katrina caused to our family, my colleagues and I started a research project called "Aging Families in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina." With funding from the National Science Foundation, we are studying families with elderly people who either evacuated from the New Orleans area or were affected by the hurricane while living in Baton Rouge.
In addition to journal articles and books in English, I wrote a couple of books in Japanese (on Japanese society and on the American family). Some of my research articles have been published in Japan also.
Teaching large sections of Introductory Sociology has recently become something I enjoy so much that I even coauthored a textbook. As for teaching, I teach core courses in graduate statistics (Intro and Regression), undergraduate statistics, and undergraduate family.
Courses recently taught at LSU
(Syllabi provided below are only for illustrative purposes and are subject to change every semester)
- Sociology 2001: Introduction to Sociology
- Sociology 2201: Introduction to Statistical Analysis
- Sociology 7201: Research Methods in Sociology
- Sociology 7203: Advanced Research Methods in Social Science