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Visiting International Scholar at W&L, Yumiko Mikanagi, to Give Public Lecture

Professor Yumiko Mikanagi, a senior researcher at Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute and currently the Robert S. Griffith Jr. ’52 Visiting International Scholar in Politics at Washington and Lee University, will give a public lecture on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.

The title of her talk is “The Salaryman and Japan’s Foreign Policy.” It is free and open to the public.

Mikanagi is currently teaching two courses at W&L with interdisciplinary and international appeal in the politics department (Feminist Perspectives on International Relations) and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program (Gender in East Asia).

Mikanagi previously taught at the International Christian University, Sophia University and Middlebury College. She is an Abe Fellow and was a Freeman Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. While at the International Christian University in Japan, she was a founding member of the Center for Gender Studies, and the research director for the Peace Research Institute.

Mikanagi received her master’s and doctorate in politics from Princeton. She also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from Sofia University in Japan.

The Robert S. Griffith Jr. ’52 Visiting Scholar Fund, established in 2006 by Mrs. Helen C. Griffith in memory of her husband, sponsors distinguished visiting teachers and speakers in the areas of history, current events, politics or business. This fund provides assistance for the visiting scholar to be on campus for an extended stay in order to benefit students, faculty and the community through extensive interactions and teaching.