Mire Koikari

Mire Koikari

College of Social Sciences Affiliations

Department of Women's Studies (WS)

  • Professor
  • Building/Office: Saunders 721J
  • Phone: 956-8579
  • Fax: 956-9616

Non-College Affiliations

Center for Japanese Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Title: Affiliate Faculty Member

History

Education:
Ph.D. (Sociology). University of Wisconsin at Madison. August 1997
Concenetration: Gender Sociology, Political Sociology
Minor: Women's Studies

M.S. (Sociology). University of Wisconsin at Madison. May 1990

B.A. (English). Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. March 1988.

eSyllabi

WS 456 (Summer 2017) : Men and Masculinity in US culture - Download

WS 360 (Fall 2016) : Pacific and Asian Women in Hawaii - Download
  Cross Listed: ES 356

WS 439 (Fall 2015) : Feminist Theory - Download

Publications

Cold War Encounters in US-Occupied Okinawa: Women, Militarized Domesticity, and Transnationalism in East Asia. Cambridge University Press. (2015) : In this innovative and engaging study, Mire Koikari recasts the US occupation of Okinawa as a startling example of Cold War cultural interaction in which women's grassroots activities involving homes and homemaking played a pivotal role in reshaping the contours of US and Japanese imperialisms. Drawing on insights from studies of gender, Asia, America and postcolonialism, Koikari analyzes how the occupation sparked domestic education movements in Okinawa, mobilizing an assortment of women – home economists, military wives, club women, university students and homemakers – from the US, Okinawa and mainland Japan. These women went on to pursue a series of activities to promote 'modern domesticity' and build 'multicultural friendship' amidst intense militarization on the islands. As these women took their commitment to domesticity and multiculturalism onto the larger terrain of the Pacific, they came to articulate the complex intertwinement of gender, race, domesticity, empire and transnationality that existed during the Cold War.
  Type: Books of original scholarship–author/co-author

"'The World is Our Campus': Michigan State University and Cold War Home Economics in US-Occupied Okinawa." Gender and History. (2012)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals

"'Japanese Eyes, American Heart': Politics of Race, Nation, and Masculinity in Japanese American Veterans' WWII Narratives," Journal of Men and Masculinities. (2010)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals

Pedagogy of Democracy: Feminism and the Cold War in the United States Occupation of Japan, 1945 – 1952. Temple University Press. (2008)
  Type: Books of original scholarship–author/co-author

Awards & Honors

Japan Foundation Research Fellowship (2013) : Project Title: “The Gospel of Scientific Domesticity: Women, Militarism, and Cold War Transnationalism in the United Stated Occupation of Okinawa.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2012) : International Conference Project Grant. Conference Title: "Culture, Technology, and Transnationality in the Cold War Asia."

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Asia Program Fellowship (2011) : Project Title: "The Gospel of Scientific Domesticity: Women, Militarism, and Cold War Transnationalism in the United States Occupation of Okinawa."

UHM College of Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award (2007)