2015. Service Recognition Award: Selected by the Student Volunteer Center, UCSC.

2014. Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity: Selected by the Chancellor’s Office, Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Staff Human Resources, UCSC.

2013. Favorite Faculty: Selected by Stevenson College Graduating Students, UCSC.

2012. Nomination for Excellence in Teaching Award: Selected by the Committee on Teaching (COT), UCSC.

Public Lecture or Forum Participation

2015. “Deconstructing Ferguson: A Panel Discussion on Racial Profiling, The Justice System & Community Solutions,” participated as a panelist at College Ten, UCSC. INVITED.

2014. “The Role of Law and Lawyers for Disaster Victims: A UC Hastings and Waseda Symposium on the Legal Aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Disaster,” participated as a discussant, UC Hastings College of the Law. INVITED.

2014. “Civil Jury Trials in Okinawa and Remedial Policies for Fukushima Nuclear Victims,” presented at the Research on Jury Trial Meeting, Kokugakuin University, Tokyo, Japan. INVITED.

2014. “People’s Inquisitorial Panel vs. Imperial Hegemony: Japan’s Prosecution Review Commissions & China’s People’s Supervisors,” and “Juries and Mixed Tribunals Across the Globe: New Developments, Common Challenges, and Future Directions,” presented at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Antigua Universidad, Onati, Spain. INVITED.

2014.”Genetic Basis for Alcoholism: Native Americans, Irish & Aboriginals in Australia,” presented at “Genomics and Philosophy of Race” Conference at UCSC. INVITED.

2013. “How to Become a Critical Scholar,” presented at The Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) Law School, in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, People's Republic of China. INVITED.

2013. “Global World and Academics: Insights from American Universities,” presented at Osaka University’s D-Learning Series at Osaka University San Francisco Office, CA. INVITED.


2015-2016. Co-Principal Investigator: UC Multi-campus Research Programs and Initiatives (RPI), “UC Consortium on Social Science and Law,” $298,341.

2009-2011. Principal Investigator: Toyota Foundation, “Preference of Trials Over Reluctant
Concession: Lay Adjudication of Military Crimes in Okinawa, Japan,” $53,443.

2007-2008. Principal Investigator: UC MEXUS Program, “Jury Trials in Mexico: Comparative Analysis of Popular Legal Participation in Mexico and the U.S,” $15,000.

2006-2007. Principal Investigator: Social Science Research Council, Abe Fellowship, “Japan's Introduction of Lay Adjudication in Judicial Decision-Making,” $69,388.

2006-2007. Principal Investigator: Pacific Rim Research Program, UC Office of President, “Is Mexico Ready for a Jury Trial?” $16,500.

Papers Presented at Professional Meetings

2015. “Civil Jury Trials in Okinawa, Japan, and Their Resurrection in Seeking Corporate and Governmental Accountabilities in the Post-Fukushima Disaster Era,” presented at the Law & Society Association Conference in Seattle.

2014. “People’s Grand Jury Panels v. Corporate Goliath: Effectiveness of People’s Supervisors System in China,” presented at the Law & Society Association Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

2013. “Is Uncle Sam Watching Your Dikasteria? Socio-Legal Significance of U.S. Monitoring of Judicial Transformation in East Asia,” presented at The Third East Asian Law & Society
Conference, KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China.

2013. “Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and Atomic Cover-Up: CIA & Psychological Warfare
Strategies Behind Japan's Nuclear Programs,” presented at the Law & Society Association Conference in Boston.

2012. “Japan's Prominent Lay Adjudication Trials: Appealing Acquittal Verdicts & People's
Rights to Try,” presented at the Untouchables, Law & Society Association Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies

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