Academic Staff

Academic - Director

  • Hugh Whittaker
    Professor in the Economy and Business of Japan and Director, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies

    My research interests include entrepreneurship, management of innovation, corporate governance, and employment relations in Japan, as well as political economy and economic development in East Asia.  My publications include Comparative Entrepreneurship: The UK, Japan and the Shadow of Silicon Valley (2009) and (co-edited) Corporate Governance and Managerial Reform in Japan (2009).  A current research project is on ‘compressed development’ in East Asia.



Academic - Staff

  • Professor Roger Goodman
    Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies and Warden of St. Antony's College

    I have been involved in area studies in Oxford almost continuously for the past thirty years.

  • Professor in the Sociology of Japanese Society

    I joined the University of Oxford in 2008. After completing my BA and MA degrees at the University of Tokyo, I studied at Northwestern University in the US, where I got my PhD in sociology in 1988.  After going back to Japan, I worked at the National Institute of Multimedia Education from 1988 to 1991, and then moved to the Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo, where I taught the sociology of education for almost two decades until I came to Oxford.

    My teaching at Oxford includes the Sociology of Japanese Society and Research Methods for Japanese Studies.

  • Associate Professor in Modern Japanese History

    I am a cultural and intellectual historian in the Faculty of History and the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at Oxford.  Upon completing Year 10 in secondary school, I had a number of very different professions, including work as a mountain guide in the Fjordlands of New Zealand. Later, I helped start-up businesses in the first years of the new Russian Federation, during which time I also helped establish new continuing education programs, incorporating Japanese studies, for adults.

  • British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

    My research on robots focuses on robots and automated systems in urban and social spaces. It includes the whole range of non-industrial robot experimenting, from autonomous vehicles and delivery drones, healthcare robots, to social and service robots. I currently work on three projects: the politics of humanoid robots in Japan, the urban living labs for robot experiments with focus on Dubai, Singapore, California and Japan, and medical delivery drones in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Professor in the Politics of Japan and Course Director for the MSc/MPhil in Japanese Studies

    I have been working at Oxford University since 2004 before which I spent 15 years as a professor of Japanese studies at the University of Essex. I am based in the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies where I acted as director between 2006-2014. In October 2011 I became head of SIAS and served in that post until December 2014. I was a member of the Area Studies panel in the REF2014 exercise.

Academic - Affiliate

  • Dr Jenny Corbett
    Emeritus Fellow

    I specialise on the Japanese economy and most of my research has been on current macro-economic policy issues in Japan. I’ve been interested in Japanese banking and finance for many years and have also written on financial systems in economies in transition and on the Asian financial crisis of 1997.   At the ANU I have been Executive Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre which focuses on the economic interaction between Australia and Japan and their strategic interests in the Asia Pacific region.  Presently I am serving as PVC Research.

  • Dr. Linda Flores
    Associate Professor of Japanese; Tutorial Fellow at Pembroke College

    I am based at the Oriental Institue, Pusey Lane, Oxford. My research interests include Proletarian Literature, Women’s Writing, Gender Theory, Comparative Literature, and Atomic Bomb Literature.  My contribution to the masters programme will be a course on Modern Japanese Literature, with a focus on the post war.  More information can be found here.

  • Prof. Bjarke Frellesvig
    Professor of Japanese Linguistics and a Fellow of Hertford College

    I am based at the Oriental Institute in Pusey Lane.  I have been at Oxford since 2000 and from 2012-2015 I was Chair of the Faculty of Oriental Studies. My research interests include the history of the Japanese language and general historical linguistics.  He is the Director of the University’s Research Centre for Japanese Language and Linguistics and of the Oxford Corpus of Old Japanese.

  • Associate Professor of Japanese; Fellow of The Queen's College

    Her research focuses on the reception of Chinese texts and modes of writing in early Japan, particularly in the Heian court of around the 10th-13th centuries, and is interested in issues of literacy, intertextuality, and gender, as well as comparative perspectives on the transmission of literary languages in the premodern world.  She teaches options in Classical Japanese language and literature for the masters course, including an introduction to the rich variety of premodern Japanese literature in English translation as well as options that involve close analysis of premodern literary text