Kyle Cleveland (Ph.D., Temple University, Sociology) is the Co-Director of TUJ’s Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, and is Associate Professor of Sociology at TUJ. As the founding Director of the university’s Institute of Contemporary Japan Studies (now ICAS), he organized TUJ’s Pacific Rim Lecture series, and was the founding director of the Nextframe International Film Festival. Dr. Cleveland is the Director of TUJ’s Summer Institute in Studies of Japanese Popular Culture, and through the Wakai Project, organizes a series of events and symposia in which students from various universities, scholars, activists, and media collaborate to address how globalization is affecting youth culture in Japan.
At TUJ, he has been the Director of the Office of International Students, the Study Abroad Advisor, Director of Student Activities, Manager of the Office of Student Services, and is the faculty advisor to the university’s Student Government. His areas of specialty include Japanese Popular Culture, Political Sociology, Youth subcultures, Race/Ethnicity and Globalization.