Global Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty Mentors

Masako Hamada, Ed.D.

Columbia University/Teachers College, 2002
Associate Professor of Japanese Studies
Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies
Office: Garey Hall #34B; Phone: 610-519-4701

Dr. Hamada’s professional interests include Japanese Culture and Civilization including popular culture: anime, manga; Second Language Acquisition; Intercultural Communication and Conflict Resolution; and Women’s Studies.  

Her research efforts have centered on Intercultural Communication, Second Language Acquisition, and Popular Culture and Women’s Issues in Japan.

Dr. Hamada has been an editor of Foreign Language Annals and her publications include:  



Japanese Male Professors: Conflict Resolution Styles in American College Classrooms, by the Mellen Press, New York.


Father Thomas Purcell’s Lifelong Devotion to Japan and Its People: A Book to Honor Villanova’s Augustinian Missionary Priest, translated into English (with M. Sugiura.), “in production.” Chief editor, translator and contributor. Diane Publishing, Philadelphia, PA.


Intercultural Communication and Conflict Resolution Styles: A Study
of Japanese Female Professors in the U.S. the Mellen Press, New York


Co-author of teacher’s manual (8 books) for the Happy Talk textbook series, (with R. Nakata) ASK Publishing Company, Tokyo

Book Chapters


Discourse and Cultural Attitudes: Japanese Imperial Honorifics and
the Open Society” (with Dr. N. Sugimori), published in R. Donahue (Ed.),
The Exploring Japaneseness: on Japanese Enactments of Culture,
pp. 105-119. Ablex Publishing, Westport, CT.

Refereed Journal Articles


“Changes in Learning Styles in a Japanese Class,” pp 152-159 in Academic Exchange, Stuyvesant Falls, New York.


“Foreign Language Anxiety in a Japanese Language College Classroom: An Exploratory Study,” BATJ [The British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language] Journal, No. 9


“Testing Oral proficiency in an Online Program,” in the Academic Exchange Quarterly, Vol. 12, Issue 2, p. 93 (with Yukino Tanaka)


“Teaching Japanese Culture Through Anime: A Case Study,” in
Asian Cinema, Vol. 18, No. 2, Fall/Winter 2007, pp. 197-219


“Culture, Communication and Conflict Management: A Comparison of the Success of Five Styles of Conflict Resolution in the Japanese Classroom in the U.S.” in Occasional Papers, Association of Teachers of Japanese, ATJ Seminar, Spring 2003, No. 5:20-21


“Culture, Communication and Conflict” (co-authored with Dr. B. Fisher-Yoshida), published in the SIETAR (Society for International Education, Teaching, and Research) International Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1. pp. 71-80.


“Conflict Management in Cross-Cultural Settings,” which included an interview with S. Nozawa, published in The PHP Journal (Tokyo, THE21) pp. 73-77.


“Using the Japanese Tea Ceremony in Cross-Cultural Training” (co-authored with Dr. D. Simpson), published in the Training & Culture Newsletter for professionals who manage, train and conduct business with culturally diverse people. Seattle, WA: The Gil Deane Group, vol. 3, no. 2: 4

She teaches courses in Advanced Japanese language courses, Japanese Popular Culture (Anime), Japanese Culture & Civilization and Japanese Culinary Culture, etc.

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Maghan Keita, Ph.D.

Howard University, 1988
Associate Professor of History
Director, Global Interdisciplinary Studies
Office: Garey 36; Phone: 610-519-6964

Dr. Keita has degrees in East Asian History and Chinese Language (B.A.), American History (M.A.) and African Studies (Ph.D.). Dr. Keita’s main areas of teaching and research center on African political, economic and intellectual history; issues of race, class and gender; historiography; epistemology; and cultural criticism. Dr. Keita did field research in Senegal on the political economy of health care while serving as visiting lecturer and researcher with the United Nations Institute for Economic Development and Planning, and as visiting editor for the Council on the Development of Economic and Social Science Research in Africa journal, Africa Development. Dr. Keita spent considerable time in the practical application of his African Studies background during his tenure as associate director of the Washington Office on Africa, associate director of the Africa Desk of the American Friends Service Committee, and associate secretary for Africa for the National Council of Churches, USA. He has published a manuscript with Oxford University entitled “Riddling the Sphinx: Race, the Writing of History, and America’s Culture Wars.” That work is to be followed by a book-length manuscript entitled Return of the Black Knight: the African in Arthurian Lore. He currently serves as co-editor of the Journal of Asian and African Studies.

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