Alumni

Established in 2008, the English-language ITASIA Program in the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies has graduated about 84 M.A.S. students and 7 Ph.D. students, many of whom have found top positions in industry and academia.

We encourage our alumni to maintain connections to each other and the University of Tokyo. Every year in October the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies hosts a Homecoming Day event to welcome former students back to campus.

My two years in the ITASIA Program at the University of Tokyo was a fantastic experience. The exposure to multi-disciplinary courses not only gave me inspiring ideas but also expanded my horizon. Furthermore, the systematic training I received in the ITASIA Program has equipped me with strong research skills in my work as well.

Xuelu Chen (M.A.S. 2013)

Recent M.A.S. students in the ITASIA Program have found jobs with the following companies:

  • Gree, Inc.
  • IBM Japan
  • Japan Travel Bureau
  • JSR Corporation
  • Mainichi Newspaper
  • NS Solutions Corporation
  • OCBC Bank
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Rakuten

M.A.S. students in the ITASIA Program have been admitted to these Ph.D. programs:

  • Australian National University, College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Harvard University, Department of Anthropology
  • Princeton University, Department of Anthropology
  • Princeton University, Department of East Asian Studies
  • Stony Brook University, Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature

My time in the ITASIA Program at the University of Tokyo really shaped me as a scholar and individual. From interactions with faculty and peers to interactions with informants in the field, learning with and from others was a defining chapter in my life.

Patrick W. Galbraith (Ph.D. 2012)

Ph.D. Students in the ITASIA Program have completed dissertations on the following topics:

  • “Proceeding in Hardship: The Process of Institution Building and the Evolution of China-Japan-South Korea Trilateralism”(2018)
  • “Military Threat Perception in Postwar Japan: The Soviet Union, China, and North Korea” (2017)
  • “A Multi-sited Visual Ethnographic Study on the Nepali Migration from Malma to Japan: Network Migration, Transnational Ties, and Social Transformation” (2017)
  • “Scandal, Ritual, and Media in Postwar Japan” (2017)
  • “Producing the Nation: Memory, Race, and Gender in Chinese and Japanese War Films” (2015)
  • “Information Technology, Organization, and the Japanese Economy” (2014)
  • “Becoming Otaku: Men, Girls and Movement in Akihabara” (2012)

Ph.D. Students in the ITASIA Program have found faculty or postdoctoral positions at these institutions:

  • Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Earlham College
  • The University of Tokyo
  • International University of Japan
  • The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies