Thomas Blackwood

Professor of Sociology

Ph.D. – University of Michigan

2005 Ph.D. – Sociology, University of Michigan
1998 M.A. – Asian Studies: Japan, University of Michigan
1991 B.A. – East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
Teaching & Research Interests

Sociology, Social Psychology, Inequality, Education

Academic Appointments
2014- Professor, Tokyo International University
2012-2014 Program Manager, MIT-Japan Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2008-2012 Associate Professor, University of Tokyo
2007-2008 Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
2006-2007 Assistant Professor, Bunkyo Gakuin University
2003-2006 Faculty Research Associate, University of Tokyo
Fellowships & Grants
2009-2011 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
2002-2003 Ito Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship
2001-2002 U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship
1998-2001 U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Multi-Year Fellowship
1999 University of Michigan International Institute Ford Seminar in the Social Sciences and Area Studies
Selected Publications/Conference Papers
“Undocumented in Japan: Detention, Provisional Release, Uncertainty and Precarity.” Spring 2024 Sociology Department Colloquia Series, Texas A&M University, April 10, 2024.
“Ningen Keisei: Building Character through School Sports in Japan.” Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, Baylor University, April 11, 2024.
“The Psychological Stresses and Strains of Immigrant Detention in Japan.” Social Science Conference and Research Forum, Waldorf University, April 24, 2021.
“Playing Ball in Japanese High Schools.” Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies (RCAPS) Seminar, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, December 21, 2016.
“Bukatsu: An Essential Part of Japanese School Education.” Lakeland Lectures, Lakeland College Japan, May 25, 2016.
“Join the Club: Effects of Extracurricular Club Membership on Japanese High School Students’ Self Image” (with Douglas C. Friedman). Japan Forum 27(2) (2015) (Routledge): 257-275.
“Homo Athleticus: The Educational Role of Extracurricular Clubs in Japanese High Schools.” In K. Okano (Ed.), Beyond Formal Schooling in Japan: Non-Formal Education and Civil Society (pp. 71-91). (2015) New York: Routledge.
“Playing Baseball/Playing ‘House’: The Reproduction of ‘Separate Spheres’ in Japanese High School Baseball.” Sport, Education and Society 15(1) (2010) (Routledge): 83-101.
“Bushido Baseball? Three ‘Fathers’ and the Invention of a Tradition.” Social Science Japan Journal 11(2) (2008) (Oxford): 223-240.
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