Ayumi Takenaka

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Associate Professor / Associate Dean

Ph.D in Sociology, Columbia University

atakenak [at] fc.ritsumei.ac.jp (Replace "[at]" with "@")
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Tuesday 14:30-15:30 (Make an appointment by email in advance)


  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Columbia University

Message to Students

Teaching is learning. Through all my years of teaching in the US, the UK, South Korea, and Japan so far, I have learned a great deal from students (and greatly enjoyed). I expect the same here at Ritsumeikan. I hope you will bring lots of interesting ideas and your expertise and experiences to share to class—and I will bring mine, including my latest passion for food, cooking, and culinary culture and history, to enhance our collective sociological inquiry. Together we will create an environment conducive to learning both in and outside the classroom.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Global Liberal Arts I & II
  • Statistics
  • Research Design and Research Method
  • Applied Research Method for Social Sciences
  • Capstone Studies in Normative Perspective to Globalization

Research Design and Research Method

This is an introductory course on research design and methods. Through lectures, tutorials, and hands-on exercises, students will learn how to design and plan a research project as well as various research methods commonly used in the social sciences.

Research Interests

Immigration, Social Inequality, Diaspora; Global Mobility of People, Ideas, and Food

I am broadly interested in the global movements of people, goods, and ideas. My research has primarily centered on the intersection of immigration, racial / ethnic communities, and social inequality, but I am increasingly interested in food studies. I am currently working on gastro-politics (and its consequences) in Peru and would like to expand my comparative framework.

Supervision Information

Immigrant communities; Globalization; Social inequality; Food, Culture, Identities

Representative Publications

To be added.

Teaching History

I have previously taught at Bryn Mawr College (USA) and worked at several different institutions in the UK, Spain, Peru, and South Korea.