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David Blake Willis
David Blake Willis, PhD
Doctoral Faculty - School of Human & Organizational Development
Sacramento, CA

dwillis@fielding.edu

BA, 1973, Asian Studies, Antioch College
MA, 1974, Social Sciences, University of Chicago
PhD Studies, 1975, Social Sciences, University of Chicago
PhD, 1986, Education, University of Iowa

 

Areas of Instruction:

  • HOD 754 The Research Series - An Overview
  • HOD 754 Advanced Research Module (ARM)
  • HOD 754EH Ethnography
  • HOD 754NI Narrative Inquiry
  • HOD 754QA Qualitative Data Analysis
  • HOD 702 Human Development and Consciousness
  • HOD 703 Systems, Society, Culture, Community
  • HOD 706 Social Psychology
  • HOD 708 Human Learning and Motivation
  • HOD 713 Social Change
  • HOD 715 Structural Inequality and Diversity
  • HOD 716 Global Studies
 

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

• Human Development
• Transformative Education
• Life-Course in Transnational Contexts
• Social Justice and Diversity
• Frontiers, Borders and Borderlands
• Cultural Identities, Creolization, Creoles
• Transcultural Societies
• Longitudinal Studies
• Dalits and Caste in South India
• Social Change
• Gandhian Studies
• Peace Action
• Cosmopolitans and Cosmopolitanism

 

Professional Memberships:

• American Anthropology Association (AAA)
• American Educational Research Association (AERA)
• Anthropology of Japan in Japan (AJJ)
• Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
• Global Studies Association (GSA)
• Japan Anthropology Workshop (JAWS)
• Japan Comparative Education Society (JCES)
• Japan Society for Educational Administration (JSEA)
• World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES)

 

Honors and Awards:

• University of Oxford, Senior Associate Professor, St. Antony’s College, The Nissan Institute, Oxford, England
• Kyoto University and Kobe University, Professor of Graduate Education
• Ministry of Education, Japan, Special Grants
• Toyota Foundation Grants
• US-Japan Foundation Grant
• Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP)
• Hyogo Prefecture Board of Education, Special Advisor, Curriculum Author, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
• Committee on a Multicultural Society, Special Advisor to the Governor, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
• Osaka Olympics Bid Committee Member, Only Non-Japanese,
Osaka City, Japan
• Osaka 21st Century Project, Consultant and Member, Osaka, Japan
• Kobe City Earthquake Recovery Committee, Kobe, Japan
• Kobe City Board of Education, Special Advisor, Kobe, Japan
• Worldviews and Borderlands: Journal of Critical Thought and Social Action, Editor and Board Member

 

Publications:

• Reimagining Japanese Education: Borders, Transfers, Circulations, and the Comparative With J. Rappleye (Oxford Comparative Education Series, Symposium, Oxford 2011).
• Transcultural Japan: Being Others in the Borderlands of Race, Class, and Identity With S. Murphy-Shigematsu (Routledge, London, 2009).
• Beyond Ethnicity and Nationality, Korean Schools in Japan: Cultural Discourses of "Homeland" and "Host," With S. Lee, Multicultural Education, Spring, Vol 6, 85-98, 2009.
• Creolization in Transnational Japan-America, in P. Toninato and R. Cohen, eds., The Creolization Reader (London: Routledge, 2009).
• Frontiers of Education: Japan as “Global Model” or “Nation at Risk”? with S. Yamamura & J. Rappleye, in S. Majhanovich, C. Fox, and A. P. Kreso, eds., Living Together: Education and Intercultural Dialogue (New York: Springer, 2009).
• Dalit Entrepreneurs on the Edges of Caste and Class: Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship in India With J. Rajasekaran, in L. Dana, ed., Handbook of Research on Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurs (Cheltenham, UK and Vermont, USA: Edward Elgar, 2008).
• Korean Minority Entrepreneurs in Japan: ‘I Want Us to Be No. 1 in Every Area,’ with S. Lee, Handbook of Research On Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurs, in L. Dana, ed., Handbook of Research on Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurs (Cheltenham, UK and Vermont, USA: Edward Elgar, 2008).
• Educating Global Citizens for Social Justice, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Vol. 8, No. 2, July 2005.
• Transculturals, Transnationals: The New Diaspora, With W. Enloe and Y. Minoura, in E. Murphy, ed., Culture and the International School: Living, Learning, and Communicating Across Cultures (London: Peridot Press, 2004).
• Japanese Education in Transition 2001: Radical Perspectives on Cultural and Political Transformation With S. Yamamura, Co-Editor (Adelaide, Australia: Shannon, South Australia, 2002).
• Creole Times: Notes on Understanding Creolization for Transnational Japan-America, in The Age of Creolization in the Pacific: In Search of Emerging Cultures and Shared Values in the Japan-America Borderlands, T. Matsuda, ed. (Hiroshima: Keisuisha, 2001).

 

Presentations:

• Invited Speaker, “Education in Emergency Situations: The Case of Japan,” CIES Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, May 3, 2011
• Symposium, “Joining the Global Conversation: Reimagining and Liberating Japanese Education,” Organizer and Co-Chair, CIES Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, May 2, 2011
• Redefining Education for a Global Era, Chair, Global Studies Association (GSA), Urbana, Illinois, USA May 6, 2010
• Transnational Educational Futures: International Schools, Borders, and Globalization, in the session “Redefining Education for a Global Era,” Global Studies Association (GSA), Urbana, Illinois, USA May 6, 2010
• Globalization, Cosmopolitanism and Creolization: Re-imagining Japan as Transcultural, Global Studies Association (GSA), Urbana, Illinois, USA May 6, 2010
• Globalization, Borders, and International Schools: New Possibilities for Understanding Educational Futures, Panel Co-Chair with J. Thompson and M. Hayden, World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) Istanbul, Turkey, 14-18 June 2010
• Transnational cultures: Longitudinal studies of transcultural border crossers, in the session Globalization, Borders, and International Schools: New Possibilities for Understanding Educational Futures, World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) Istanbul, 14-18 June 2010
• Circulation of Knowledge and Commodification of Higher Education: Physical and Virtual Movement of Knowledge and Students in the Pacific Rim, Discussant, American Anthropology Association (AAA), New Orleans, USA, November 17, 2010
• Difference and Dissidence in Transcultural Japan: Frontline/Border Posts of Escape and Circulation, American Anthropology Association (AAA), New Orleans, USA, November 19, 2010
• Innovations in Positive Aging: Reflections from Fielding Scholars, Positive Aging Conference, Fielding Graduate University, Los Angeles, USA, December 10, 2010

 

Funded Grants/Contracts:

• The Institute for Social Innovation, Fielding Graduate University, Grant ($8,000) For Study of Dalit Liberation and Social Entrepreneurship in South India
• Ministry of Education Special Grant (¥ 3,600,000) For Study of Zainichi Korean Economic Activities & Entrepreneurs with S. Lee
• Ministry of Education Special Grant (¥ 1,500,000) For Study of Community Experiences of Dalits (Untouchables) in South India
• US-Japan Foundation Grant 1999-2001 (¥ 3,000,000) Creolization in the Asia-Pacific
• Soai University Grants (¥ 7,000,000) For research, sabbatical, and publications: Transnational Life-Courses and Outcomes, Formation of Identity in Transnational Settings, and Transcultural Japan

 

Professional Experience:

• Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Invited Lecturer on Culture, Education, History, and Society of Japan (1988-Present)
• Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) With the World Game Institute, USA, M. Gabel, Project Leader, ¥ 11 million grants
• Fulbright Scholarship Interviewer, Fulbright-JUSEC, Tokyo, Japan
• Associate Editor and Senior Advisor, Journal of the Japan Society for Educational Administration 

Other Professional Activities:

• President, Vice-President, and Trustee, Japan-America Intellectual Forum
• President Toastmasters International (Kobe, Japan)
• Honorary Member, Toastmasters International (Kobe, Japan)
• Board Member and Curriculum Designer, Project Design (English for the New Century - Five Year Plan) Kobe Schools, Kobe City Board of Education

 
 
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