Shinji Sato is senior language lecturer and director of the Japanese Language Program. He completed his Ph.D. in anthropology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University and specializes in educational and linguistic anthropology. His works critically examine self-evident notions in Japanese language education including learning, culture, communication, competence, and creativity. He also proposes alternative classroom practices.
Sato is the co-author of several publications, including Bunka, kotoba, kyoiku: Nihongo/nihon no ‘hyojun’ o koete [Culture, Language, and Education: Beyond Japanese “Standard”] (Akashi shoten, 2008), Asesumento to nihongokyoiku [Assessment and Japanese Language Education] (Kuroshio syuppan, 2010), Syakaisanka o mezasu nihongo kyoiku [Japanese Language Education for the Global Citizens] (Hituzi shobo, 2011), Communication as Intersubjective Activity: When Native/Non-Native Speaker’s Identity Appears in Computer-Mediated Communication in Native Speakers Effects: Standardization, Hybridity, and Power in Language Politics (Mouton de Gruyter, 2009), and The Regime of Governmentality in Language Education: A Case of Blog Activities in Japanese-as-a-Foreign-Language Classroom (Learning, Media and Technology, 2011). He is currently editing books on reexamination of "intercultural communication" in language education as well as critical content-based Japanese instruction.
Sato has taught Japanese at Columbia University, Harvard University, HIF (Hokkaido International Foundation), and Middlebury College Summer Language Program.