Doctoral Student Spotlights

Lindsey Sasaki

International Education

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
I chose this doctoral program because of the supportive faculty, the flexibility in the program, and the encouraging environment of the department. Understanding that it would take around six years to get a PhD, I immediately knew that one of the most important factors of choosing the right program is the faculty. I could not ask for more caring and compassionate professors who have supported every aspect of my development (teaching, research, career direction, personal growth). Secondly, I think one aspect that makes the international education program at NYU unique is the flexibility (freedom to create your own program) and the ability to take classes at any school on campus. Lastly, since I had completed my master's degree in the same program, I knew what the atmosphere was like in the department as a whole. I truly appreciate the collaboration, cooperation, and positive attitude.
My academic passion is:
Intercultural exchange; public diplomacy; internationalization of higher education
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
Going to Broadway shows with my student discount!
A hobby I have is:
Salsa dancing and playing on a co-ed softball team
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
Favorite Restaurant: Jane; Favorite Take-Out/Quick Bite: ‘Wichcraft; Favorite Dessert Place: Max Brenner; Favorite Coffee: Oren's
Focus of my research of scholarship:
My research focuses on international migration and ethnic identity by using as a case example the Japanese Brazilians who travel to Japan to work or to study. The objective of my research is to understand better how the international migration of young adult Japanese Brazilians (18-34 years old) shapes their identity in Japan and upon their return to Brazil (especially in regards to this current economic crisis). I am interested in doing a comparative analysis among young adult factory workers, university students who work part time in the factories, and students (fellowship recipients). I hope to research how their experience in Japan affects their perception of culture and identity and how this migration influences personal aspirations and in the community.
I'm interested in this topic because:
I am interested in this topic because of my own heritage and ethnic background and my passion for Latin America. I am a fourth generation Japanese American and I find it fascinating to see how other people of Japanese ancestry in different countries fashion unique communities, traditions, and cultures.
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
Right after college, I was fortunate to research and study for one year in Lima, Peru on a Fulbright fellowship. I always knew that I would enter a career in international relations (IR), but I only became aware of the particular niche of international education within IR during that year. The entire experience of not only living abroad, but also taking classes at the Catholic University and conducting research in another language opened my eyes into how powerful exchange programs can be in creating mutual understanding throughout the world.
Research project I've most enjoyed working on:
The research project that I most enjoyed working on for two summers (2005, 2006) was the Multinational Institute of American Studies.
Scholarly presentation of my work I'm most proud of:
The scholarly presentations of which I am most proud took place in Japan and Brazil. One of the requirements of the Japan Foundation fellowship was to give a 15 minute presentation.
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
An Intersession course (2007) in Puebla, Mexico entitled, “Working with Parents.” This is one of the most unique and exciting opportunities at Steinhardt where students can get full credit for a course over the winter break.
What I like most about being part of a community of doctoral students:
The journey of getting a Ph.d is quite a unique experience. What I like most about being part of a community of doctoral students is the simple fact that we are all in the same boat. It seems that irregardless of the subject, doctoral students share a common bond.

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Pasadena, California
Career Goals:
My immediate career goal after graduation would be to work at the Department of State in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Afterwards I would like to return to higher education to be a Director of an International Center
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
HONORS AND AWARDS 1. The Japan Foundation: Japanese-Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields (2009) 2. Shearwater Grant (2009) 3. JAA-Honjo Scholarship (2008) 4. Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Portuguese, U.S. Department of Education (2008) 5. International Education Program Fellowship (2008) 6. Teaching Assistantship in the International Education program (2006-2008) 7. Dean 's Grant for Student Research (2007) 8. Fulbright Fellowship, U.S. Department of State (August 2000-2001) CONFERENCES AND LECTURES 1. The Comparative & International Education Society Conference, March 2008 -Presented paper: “International Migration, Educational Integration, and Equity: The Cases of South American immigrants in Spain and Japan” 2. New York University International Education Conference, March 2008 -Presented paper: “The Transnational Dekassegui Movement and Education: The Case of Brazilian and Peruvian Nikkei College-Age Youth” 3. New York University International Education Conference, March 2006 -Presented paper: “An Historical Narrative of the Japanese-Peruvian Community (1899-1945): the Interconnectivity of Acculturation, Values, and Education” 4. Cornell University's Third Annual Latin American Studies Graduate Students Conference, February 2006 -Presented paper: “Peru: The Land of the Rising Son” 5. Hawaii International Conference on Education, January 2006 -Presented paper: “Are the United Nations ' Millennium Development Goals Feasible? Examining Girls ' Education and Social and Economic Development” 6. Gallatin School at New York University, December 2005 -Visiting Guest Lecturer for Peru Series
Other professional or service activities:
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS 1. Association of Asian Studies 2. Latin American Studies Association 3. Comparative & International Education Society 4. The Fulbright Association 5. International Visitors Council of Los Angeles SERVICE ACTIVITIES 1. Japanese American National Museum Volunteer -Assist in translation, transcription, and editing (Portuguese, Spanish) for the Discover Nikkei Project 2.International Education Graduate Student Forum Chair (2004-2006) -Organized academic and social events for International Education Week, which included raising approximately $550 for Operation Smile and Save the Children -Coordinated cross cultural exchange, fellowship, and development career panels -Arranged Immigration and F-1 Visa workshops for 40 graduate students 3. Steinhardt Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Department Representative