Full-timeYoshinobu Yamamoto

Degree

Ph.D. in Political Science

Education

Department of Political Science, University of Michigan

Research fields (key words)

International Politics (International Politics, International Political Theory, Security, International Regime)

Courses

Theory and Methods of International Politics/ Global Governance/ Basic Research SeminarⅠ/ Basic Research SeminarⅡ/ Directed Reserarch (MA Thesis)

Notes

Professor, Policy Research Center, University of Niigata Prefecture/ Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo and Aoyama Gakuin University

Based on Decision Making Theory and International System Theory, I will provide a range of topics in security and international institutions to stimulate student research interests in International Politics. In addition, I advise students on constructing an analytical framework, collecting and analyzing materials, and academic writing skills.

Full-timeYuki Asaba

Degree

Ph.D. in Political Science

Education

Department of Political Science, School of Social Science, Seoul National University

Research fields (key words)

Political Science (Politics, International relations)

Courses

Theory and Methods in Regional Research※/ Contemporary East Asia(South Korea)/ Basic Research SeminarⅠ/ Basic Research SeminarⅡ/ Directed Research (MA Thesis)

Notes

Professor, Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture

I will supervise those students who would like to pursue, as research topics, politics and diplomacy of South and/or North Korea and expect them to write a master’s thesis that not only contributes to the discipline of political science and international relations but also serves as a monograph of area studies. In order to do that, each student will be asked to consciously devise distinct research strategy for themselves by thoroughly examining preceding studies and by critically thinking why the case should be South Korea or North Korea and why a particular approach should be chosen among different approaches.

Full-timeIsao Kamata

Degree

Ph.D. (Economics)

Education

Ph.D. (Economics), University of Michigan

Research fields (key words)

International Economics, International Trade, Internationalization of Firms, Trade Agreements and Labor

Courses

International Economics/ International Economic Policy

Notes

Professor, Research Center of International Economy and Industry, University of Niigata Prefecture

I supervise the research of students who are interested in topics related to international trade and/or foreign direct investment (FDI) from the perspective of economics or economic analysis. I emphasize the importance of both theoretical and empirical analyses, and advise students about how to frame their research questions using an economic theoretical model and how to test the model’s theoretical prediction using data and econometric methods. I also emphasize to students the importance of considering why that research question is important and interesting in selecting/setting their research themes, as well as the importance of considering what policy implication that research could have in examining their analytical findings.

Full-timeMelodie Lorie Cook

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy(Linguisitics)

Education

Department of Applied Linguistics, Macquarie University

Research fields (key words)

Teacher Education、Examination、Supplementary Education(Teacher education、Expatriate perceptions of Language testing、Supplementary education and expatriate families)

Courses

Academic Writing in English

Notes

Professor, Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture

In this course, students will learn how to write essays, do research, synthesize ideas, and avoid plagiarism by using citations and references. Students will also learn how to identify and correct common writing errors in their own and others’ work.

Full-timeToshiro Kuroda

Degree

MA in Law

Education

Coursework completed, Ph.D. Program of Law, Chuo University

Research fields (key words)

Political Science (International relations, International theory, Security)

Courses

Introduction to International Studies and Regional Development※/ International Politics※/ Basic Research SeminarⅠ/ Basic Research SeminarⅡ/ Directed Research (MA Thesis)

Notes

Professor, Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture

I mainly supervise research in International Politics and Peace Studies. Specific topics include (but not exclusively) the philosophical history of Realism and Liberalism, and issues in international order and ethics in International Politics and changing forms of conflict in the contemporary world, and structural mechanism of violence and the relations between Peace Studies and critical security issues in Peace Research. I especially focus on the validity of research topics, analytical framework, critical research review and academic writing skills.

Full-timeKa Po Ng

Degree

Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations

Education

University of Queensland

Research fields (key words)

International Relations, China Studies (International politics, security)

Courses

Introduction to International Studies and Regional Development※/ Theory and Methods of International Politics/ International Politics※/ Linkage Politics/ Contemporary East Asia(China)※/ Basic Research SeminarⅠ/ Basic Research SeminarⅡ/ Directed Research (MA Thesis)

Notes

Professor, Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture

My fields are International Relations theory, international security and China’s security policy. I will help students explore their research interests and work out feasible projects. With emphasis on integrating theory with practice, I will ensure students grasp the conceptual tools and apply them to analyse research findings before reaching any conclusions.

Full-timeShigeki Hakamada

Education

Coursework completed, Ph. D. Program of Sociology, University of Tokyo

Research fields (key words)

International Politics, International Relations (Russia, CIS, Japan-Russia relations, Theory of civilization)

Courses

Introduction to International Studies and Regional Development※/ Theory and Methods of Regional Research※/ Contemporary East Asia (Russia)/ Basic Research SeminarⅠ/ Basic Research SeminarⅡ/ Directed Research (MA Thesis)

Notes

Professor, Policy Research Center, University of Niigata Prefecture/ Professor Emeritus, Aoyama Gakuin University

I teach political, economic and sociocultural issues in Russian and Central Eurasia. Specific topics can be selected in response to student interests and social realities, though not limited to immediate situations in the regions. I will alert students to the recent danger of “theories for the sake of theories”, while urging them to build theoretical frameworks and empirical studies with a solid grounding of realities. To nurture a sense of reality, I also emphasize the importance of directly experiencing the areas of research interests.

Full-timeMatsuo Watanabe

Degree

Ph.D. in Social Science and Law

Education

Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester

Research fields (key words)

International Development, International Cooperation (Development policy, Governance, Africa, Bosnia, Regional integration, ODA, Peacebuilding, Industrial policy)

Courses

Regional Integration/ Policies of International Development/ Basic Research SeminarⅠ/ Basic Research SeminarⅡ/ Directed Research (MA Thesis)

Notes

Professor, Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture

I supervise research topics in international development, development aid, conflict and peace building, socioeconomic development, and other issues in the developing world. Development is a multilayered transformation process. Therefore, in the initial stage of research, we should broaden the scope of analysis, with a more comprehensive set of research questions and analytical approaches. As we proceed, we narrow down and refine our research.

Full-timeYuichi Kubota

Degree

Ph.D. in Political Science

Education

Department of Political Science, State University of New York at Albany

Research fields (key words)

Political Science (Politics, International relations)

Courses

Method and Application of Data Analysis/ Special Topics of Data Analysis※/ Basic Research SeminarⅠ/ Basic Research SeminarⅡ/ Directed Research (MA Thesis)

Notes

Associate Professer, Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture

I supervise research in Comparative Politics and International Relations. In addition to political systems, state-society relations and democracy, specific research topics would also include non-conventional political phenomena such as civil wars, ethnic conflicts, and revolutions. I will particularly emphasize research design (case study selection and research questions), quantitative methods and academic writing.

Full-timeSeiji Fujii

Degree

Ph.D. in Economics

Education

Department of Economics (Public Choice), University of California, Irvine

Research fields (key words)

Economics (Public choice, Economics of happiness, Quality of life, Applied econometrics, Statistical science)

Courses

Theory and Method of Contemporary Economics/ Basic Research SeminarⅠ/ Basic Research SeminarⅡ/ Directed Research (MA Thesis)

Notes

Associate Professor, Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture

Research activities I supervise will be about public choice theories and quality of life studies using voting results and public opinion survey data or other related data. Although I respect students’ research interests, I would recommend regression analysis. In order for students to complete dissertations based on empirical evidence, I advise systematically on setting up basic and working hypotheses, resource and data collection, data analysis, and hypothesis testing.

Full-timePhillip Bennett

Degree

Ph.D. in Applied English Linguistics

Education

Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham

Research fields (key words)

Lexical development, metaphor, cognitive linguistics

Courses

Presentation in English

Notes

Associate Professer, Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture

This is a course designed for postgraduate students aiming to improve their skills at giving academic presentations. The course covers both poster session and Powerpoint presentations and focuses on the structure of effective presentations as well as the language skills to present in a confident and detailed manner.

Full-timeNanako Miyazaki

Degree

Ph.D. (Japanese Applied Linguistics)

Education

School of Japanese Applied Linguistics, Waseda University

Research fields (key words)

Japanese Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition (Japanese education, Composition, Academic writing, Case methods)

Courses

Presentation in Japanese/ Academic Writing in Japanese

Notes

Associate Professor, Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture

Graduate students are expected to perform academic presentations as well as do academic writing. One of the most important skills for such presentations and writing is to be able to express ones thoughts precisely in easy to understand form. In this course, students will develop such skills through repetition of activities and learn the practical Japanese expression.

Full-timeJia Li

Degree

Ph.D. (Arts and Sciences)

Education

School of International Development, Nagoya University

Research fields (key words)

Development Economics (Management of macroeconomics in developing countries, Financial system and economic development, sustainable development, environmental policy)

Courses

Theory and Method of Contemporary Economics/ Contemporary East Asia(China)※/ Basic Research SeminarⅠ/ Basic Research SeminarⅡ/ Directed Research (MA Thesis)

Notes

Associate Professor, Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture

Students are expected to choose a topic about economic development in developing countries (particularly long-term economic changes) for their master theses. The theses should combine both the theoretical and empirical components, preferably showing policy implications. The study areas are not necessarily to be limited to China. I will advise students through the process of thesis writing systematically, with the emphasis on establishing a theoretical framework, clarifying research questions, collecting statistical data, and conducting quantitative analysis.

Full-timeTakeshi Uemura

Degree

Ph.D. (Arts and Sciences)

Education

School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

Research fields (key words)

International Relations, Contemporary China Studies (International relations, China, Diplomacy, Constructivism, Inter-subjectivity)

Courses

International Relations of East Asia/ International Politics※/ Basic Research SeminarⅠ/ Basic Research SeminarⅡ/ Directed Research (MA Thesis)

Notes

Lecturer, Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture

The purpose of the class is to analyze international relations from a Constructivist angle. International Relations theories are not merely about how states interact with each other. Drawing ideas from sociology and anthropology, the Constructivist theory also sheds light on interactions at the individual level.

Full-timeBoyu Chen

Degree

Ph.D. in Political Science

Education

National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

Research fields (key words)

Comparative Politics, International Relations, Cross-Strait (China-Taiwan Relations)

Courses

Comparative Politics/ Method and Application of Data Analysis/ Basic Research SeminarⅠ/ Basic Research SeminarⅡ/ Directed Research (MA Thesis)

Notes

Lecturer, Faculty of International Studies and Regional Development,University of Niigata Prefecture

My research interests lie in international relation theories and comparative politics, especially how domestic politics, oftentimes being treated as a black box in the studies of international relations, exert influence on international relations. I supervise topics related regard to national identity, party politics, democratic systems as well as digital democracy in East Asian countries. Students will be able to critically review previous literature, set up clear research questions, and apply mixed methods in their studies.

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