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Chiho Sawada, PhD

Professor Chiho Sawada holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Harvard University (primary field: Asia Pacific colonial history; secondary field: European intellectual history) and a B.A. degree from the University of California San Diego (major: economics; concentrations: bioengineering, visual arts, and psychology).  He completed his post-doctoral training at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He has also studied diplomatic history and international relations at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, conducted research at numerous other academic institutions in Asia and the United States, and served stints at U.S. embassies in Beijing and Seoul.

At Holy Names University, Dr. Sawada is an associate professor of politics and history. He also oversees two research organizations – the Japan Policy Research Institute (JPRI) and its sister institution the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI). Furthermore, he serves on the Board of Advisors of the Oakland Film Society, and is a consultant on cultural affairs to diplomatic missions and public affairs organizations in the Bay Area.

Dr. Sawada is especially interested in multi-track diplomacy, media studies, and social entrepreneurship. His book Divided Lenses: Screen Memories of War in East Asia (edited with Michael Berry) was published by the University of Hawai’i Press in 2016. He is currently working on a new book on the Pacific War and reconciliation, and also helping build student-centered NGOs focusing on conflict resolution and international development.