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Michael Weiner, PhD, named Associate Dean of Faculty at Soka University

Aliso Viejo, CA – Daniel Habuki, PhD, president of Soka University of America (SUA), is pleased to announce that Michael Weiner, PhD, will serve as SUA’s new Associate Dean of Faculty and Director of Faculty Research and Development. Dr. Weiner is currently Professor of East Asian History and International Studies and Assistant Dean of Faculty at SUA.

During his tenure at SUA, he has also served as Director of the International Studies Concentration and Learning Cluster Coordinator.  Prior to joining Soka University in 2005, he served as Chair of Asian Studies and Director of the Japan Studies Institute at San Diego State University.

Dr. Weiner received his BA in Chinese History and Sociology from Sophia University, Tokyo and a PhD in Japanese History from the University of Sheffield. He was a member of faculty in the School of Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield for 17 years and served as Director of both the Centre for Japanese Studies and the East Asia Research Centre and as Managing Editor of Japan Forum.

Dr. Weiner has held Visiting Professorships or Fellowships at the University of Hokkaido, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Dartmouth College, and the Reischauer Institute, Harvard University. His research has focused on modern Japan and East Asia, with reference to issues of colonialism, race, nationalism, migration, and, most recently, the history of disease and disease control. Dr. Weiner’s major publications include “The Origins of the Korean Minority in Japan,” “ Race and Migration in Imperial Japan,” “ Japan’s Minorities: the Illusion of Homogeneity,”  and “Race, Ethnicity and Migration in Modern Japan” (3 volumes). He has authored or co-authored several dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in edited volumes, and is the co-editor of and contributor to The Pacific Basin: An Introduction (2017). He has recently been invited by Taylor & Francis (Routledge) to edit a major study, Race and Ethnicity in Asia.  

 “Dr. Weiner has made a deeply valued contribution to SUA over the past 12 years, and we look forward to his continued leadership and assistance to our faculty in research and development.” added Dr. Habuki. 

Soka offers an 8:1 student/faculty ratio, average class size of 12, and study abroad for every undergraduate student (included in tuition).  Admitted students whose annual family income is $60,000 or less may be eligible for Soka Opportunity Scholarships which cover full tuition.  Additional scholarship opportunities are available for higher income levels. About 60% of Soka University's students come from the US and 40% have come from more than 50 other countries.