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Earlham College Office

Dyron Dabney | Director, Japan Study, Earlham College | Phone 765-983-1493
Dyron Dabney is the Director of Japan Study and an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. His research and teaching interests include Japanese electoral politics and elite politics. His present-day research is motivated and informed by interdisciplinary studies that bring into focus gendered differences in political behavior. Dyron is a contributor to the co-edited volume, Democratic Reform in Japan (2008), and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation publication Japan Moves Forward (2014). His current research projects include an examination of spousal participation effects on election campaign outcomes in Japan, and an investigation of gender and political ethics in Japan. Dyron is a 2012-2014 Maureen and Mike Mansfield U.S.-Japan Network for the Future scholar, and regular guest lecturer at the Matsushita of Government and Management, Kanagawa, and Sophia University, Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Shannon Herbert | Program Associate, Japan Study, Earlham College | 765-983-1883

Shannon is a 2014 alumna of Earlham College and participated in the 2012-2013 Japan Study Program. She brings expertise in helping students fund their educational pursuits abroad. Shannon completed her cultural internship at the Buddhist monastery, Sogenji, and was employed as an English tutor throughout her time in Japan. She is available to answer any questions about adapting to life in Japan and getting the most out of your time abroad.

Mary Owens | Coordinator, Japan Study, Earlham College | 765-983-1224
Mary, a native of the Richmond, Indiana area and graduate of Indiana University, has worked with the Japan Study Program since July 1991. Mary comes from a farming background where hard-work, common sense and practicality are essential. Having put three children through college, she is familiar with parent-related questions and concerns. Don't hesitate to call her for any information regarding the program's details or logistics.

Waseda University Office

Michiyo Nagayama | Program Associate/Coordinator, G/A Japan Study, Waseda University
Michiyo has worked with Japan Study at the Waseda University office since 1984. She has extensive experience working with host families and providing support to students. As an undergraduate at Waseda University, she participated on the Japan Study program and studied abroad at Albion College for a year. She received her MA and Ph.D. in Education from Waseda University. Her research interests include liberal arts colleges and study abroad programs. She also teaches at Rikkyo University about multiculturalism and higher education.

Karen Maruyama | Program Assistant, G/A Japan Study, Waseda University
Karen graduated from Denison University in 2012 and participated in the 2010-2011 Japan Study Program. She has been living and teaching in Japan since graduating college and is currently attending Sophia University's Global Studies Masters Program. She has experience navigating cultural differences in Japan and can provide assistance with questions about daily life, cultural concerns, and homestays.