Aya Okada Reserach Lab

Japanese version

About Aya

Aya Okada is a native of Japan, raised and trained in both Japan and the United States. With interest in behaviors of individuals and organizations in the realm of civil society, she has received academic training in sociology and policy science.

Education

April 2013 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International and Public Affairs
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
April 2008 Master of International Development
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
March 2005 M.A. in Social Sciences (Sociology)
Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of Social Sciences Institute for the Study of Global Issues
March 2003 B.A. in Policy Management (International Development), Summa Cum Laude
Keio University

Professional Experience

April 2019 - Present Associate Professor
Tohoku University Graduate School of Information Sciences
Human-Social Information Sciences Department
Social Structure and Change Laboratory
April 2016 - March 2019 Associate Professor
Kanazawa University Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences
March 2016 Associate Professor
Kanazawa University Research Center for Higher Education
April 2013 - February 2016 Assistant Professor
Doshisha University Faculty of Policy Studies (Kyoto, Japan)
January 2015 - April 2016 Subject Course Lecturer
Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS)
August 2009 - March 2013 Graduate Student Researcher
University of Pittsburgh Center for Disaster Management
September 2007 - February 2016 Freelance Academic Translator in Social Science (English-Japanese/Japanese-English)
Edisense (Mumbai, India)
May 2005 - July 2006 Global/Development Education Program Assistant
World Vision Japan
April 2005 - March 2006 Instructor of International Understanding Class for Undergraduates
Waseda Hoshien (Foundation in Tokyo, Japan)
Yoko Uryuhara (Doshisha University) and Aya Okada (Kanazawa University)

Awards

November 2018 The 16th Research Grant Yoshida Hideo Award (For Full-Time Researchers)
Yoshida Hideo Memorial Foundation
Yoko Uryuhara (Doshisha University) and Aya Okada (Kanazawa University)
June 2018 Best Paper Award for The 20th Annual Conference of Japan NPO Research Association (JANPORA)
June 2018 2018 Japan NPO Research Association (JANPORA) Special Recognition Award
For Okada, A., Ishida, Y., Nakajima, T., and Kotagiri, Y. (2017). The State of Nonprofit Sector Research in Japan: A Literature Review. Voluntaristics Review, Vol. 2(3), pp.1-68.
April 2008 Faculty Award (International Development)
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
April 2008 Taraknath Das Foundation Award for a Paper Relating to Asia
November 2007 Emerging Scholar Award
Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Actions (ARNOVA)

Fellowships

August 2012 - April 2013 Japan Iron and Steel Federation/Mitsubishi Graduate Fellowship
University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center
August 2011 - April 2012 Dean’s High Merit Fellowship
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
August 2006 - April 2008 Fulbright Graduate Studies Grant
U.S. Department of State

Other Academic and Professional Trainings

July 2011 Summer Institute of Civic Studies at Tufts University
June 2011 Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS) Summer Institute at Carnegie Mellon University
June 2010 Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research at Syracuse University