2020 Japan Foundation/UCSB Graduate Division Research Accelerator Award Recipients

Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Japan Foundation/UCSB Graduate Division Research Accelerator Award Recipients! The EAC faculty and affiliates warmly congratulate the awardees and thank the selection committee for their time and work on this (Naoki Yamamoto (selection committee), Jessica Nakamura (selection committee and Co-PI) and Sabine Frühstück (selection committee and PI)).

Michael Ioannides (Anthropology) will attend the advanced, immersive Japanese language course offered by the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Study (IUC) in Yokoyama in order to prepare himself for his dissertation research on Indigenous-led sustainable development in Hokkaido.

Elizabeth Kataoka (EALCS) will continue her dissertation project on “Assimilating Identity? Education, Epistemologies, and Ainu Consciousness in the Twentieth Century” that was disrupted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Yiming Ma (EALCS) will conduct preparatory archival research for his dissertation project on underground trans-war networks of Japanese and Chinese leftwing intellectuals and artists in Tokyo and Shanghai.

Kaitlyn Ugoretz (EALCS) will carry out ethnographic research on a new part of her dissertation project, “Shinto in the Time of Coronavirus: Japanese Religion Online During a Global Pandemic.”