Board Member


Eiko Ikegami is one of the founders of YHouse. She is the Walter A. Eberstadt Professor of Sociology and History at the New School for Social Research in New York City. In 1997, her publication The Taming of the Samurai: Honorific Individualism and the Making of Modern Japan won the Best Book Award On Asia from the American Sociological Association. Her 2006 work Bonds of Civility: Aesthetic Networks and the Political Origins of Japanese Culture won five book awards, including the Mirra Komarovsky Book Prize from the Eastern Sociological Association and the John W. Hall Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. She is a recipient of Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, Robert W. Johnson Foundation, on her work on disabilities,  autism and virtual worlds; in 2017, NHK TV made a documentary film on her research on autism. 

• Sociology
• History
• Japanese Studies
• Network Analysis
• Virtual Worlds
• Autism

Eiko’s main area of research is historical sociology. Topics of particular interest are public spheres in comparative perspective; civility and state formation in Japan; identities, network, and social change. She also works on autistic consciousness and virtual worlds.

Reconceptualizing Public Roles of Religion
Autistic Awareness and Virtual Worlds

Japanese Website
Research Blog

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