Graduate Director

usui

Office: 574C Clark Hall
Phone: 516-6763
E-Mail: chikako@umsl.edu

Education: Ph.D., Stanford University (Sociology)

Biography: Associate Professor, Fellow, Center for International Studies; Member, Graduate Programs in Gerontology; Affiliated Faculty, Washington University East Asian Studies
My teaching and research interests are comparative social and public policies, sociology of aging, political economy of Japan, and gender studies. Currently, I have two on-going research projects:  1) Entrepreneurship Initiatives, 2) Social consequences of Population Aging.

 Selected Published Works:

  1. Usui, C (ed.) (2011). Comparative Entrepreneurship Initiatives: Studies of China, Japan, and the USA.  (expected for publication in fall 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan, London.) 

  2. Usui, C. (2010). “Japan’s Population Aging and Silver Industries.” In The Silver Market Phenomenon: Marketing and Innovation in the Aging Society (Second Edition) (edited by F Kohlbacher and C Herstatt). Springer, pp. 325-336.

  3. Usui, C. (2010) “Japan’s Demographic Changes, Social Implications, and Business Opportunities.” Peking University Business Review Vol. 70 (May): 94-97.

  4. Rosen, D & Usui, C (2009). The Social Structure of Japanese Intellectual Property Law. In The Philosophy of Law: Classic and Contemporary Readings (edited by L May and J Brown). Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, pp. 281-285. 

  5. Palley, H. & Usui, C. (2008) “Child Day Care Policy in Japan: An Examination of the Program and Its Impacts.” Journal of Comparative Social Welfare Vol. 24, No. 2 (October), 165-178.

  6. Usui, C. (2008) “Japan’s Demographic Changes, Social Implications, and Business Opportunities.” In The Silver Market Phenomenon: Business Opportunities in an Era of Demographic Change (edited by F Kohlbacher and C Herstatt). Springer, pp 71-82.

  7. Usui, C (2008). “Aging Society and the Transformation of Work in the Post-Fordist Economy.” In The Demographic Challenge: A Handbook about Japan (edited by F. Coulmas, H. Conrad, A. Schad-Seifert and G. Vogt). The Netherlands: Brill, Chapter 9, pp. 163-78.

  8. Coligon, R. A.,  C. Usui, H Kerbo & R. Slagter (2007). “Employee Commitment in U.S. and Japanese Firms in Thailand.” Asian Social Science 3 (11): 16-30.

  9. Usui, C (2007). “Asian Sociology.” The Handbook of 21st Century Sociology (edited by Clifton D. Bryant and Dennis L. Peck). Sage Publications, pp. 60-68.

  10. Usui, C (2006). “Japan’s Demographic Future and the Challenge of Foreign Workers.” In Local Citizenship in Recent Countries of Immigration(edited by T. Tsuda). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, pp, 37-62.

  11. Usui, C (2005). “Japan’s Frozen Future: Why Are Women Withholding Their Investment in Work and Family?” In Japanese Women: Lineage and Legacies (edited by Amy Thernstrom). Washington, D. C: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, pp. 57-68.

  12. Usui, C. & Colignon, R. A. (2004). Continuity and Change in Paths to Political Office: Ex-bureaucrats and Chiiriyo in Japan. Asian Business & Management3 (4, December): 395-416.

  13. Colignon, RA & Usui, C (2003). Amakudari: The Hidden Fabric of Japan’s Economy. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. (This book received a nomination for Barrington Moore Award by the Comparative & Historical Sociology section of the American Sociological association in 2004.)

  14. Usui, C (2003). Japan's Aging Dilemma? Asia Program Special Report 107: 16-22 (Washington, D. C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars).

  15. Usui, C, Rose, S., & Kageyama, R (2003). Women, Institutions, and Leadership in Japan Asian Perspective 27 (3): 85-123.

  16. Usui, C (2002). “Office ladies.” In Encyclopedia of Japanese Business and Management (edited by A Bird). London: Routledge Ltd, pp. 341-342.

  17. Usui, C (2002). “Salaryman.” In Encyclopedia of Japanese Business and Management (edited by A Bird). London: Routledge Ltd, pp. 390-391.

  18. Usui, C (2002). “Shibusawa Eiichi.” In Encyclopedia of Japanese Business and Management (edited by A Bird). London: Routledge Ltd, pp. 401-403.

  19. Usui, C (2002). “Women’s roles.” In Encyclopedia of Japanese Business and Management (edited by A Bird). London: Routledge Ltd, pp. 474-477.

  20. Usui, C (2001). The Misplaced Problems of Aging Society: Crisis or Opportunity?International House of Japan Bulletin 21(1): 42-55.

  21. Colignon, RA & Usui, C (2001). The Resilience of Japan's Iron Triangle Asian Survey 41 (5): 865-95.

  22. Rosen, D & Usui, C (2000).  The Social Structure of Japanese Intellectual Property Law. In Legal Philosophy: Multiple Perspectives (edited by L. May, N. E. Snow and A. Bolte). Mayfield Publishing Co., pp. 313-17.

  23. Usui, C (1998). Gradual Retirement: Japanese Strategies for Older Workers. InImpact of Work on Older Adults (edited by K. W.  Schaie & C. Schooler). New York: Springer, pp. 45-84.

  24. Usui, C & Palley, HA (1997).  The Development of Social Policy for the Elderly in Japan. Social Service Review 71 (3): 360-381.

  25. Usui, C & Colignon, RA  (1996).  Corporate Restructuring: Converging World Pattern or Societally Specific Embeddedness?  The Sociological Quarterly 37 (4): 551-578.

  26. Palley, HA & Usui, C (1995).  Social Policies for the Elderly in the Republic of Korea and Japan: A Comparative Perspective.  Social Policy and Administration 29(3):241-257.

  27. Usui, C & Colignon, RA  (1995).  Government Elites and Amakudari in Japan, 1963-1992 Asian Survey 35(7):682-698.

  28. Osen, D & Usui, C (1994).  The Social Structure of Japanese Intellectual Property Law.  UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal 13(1): 32-69.

  29. Usui, C (1994) Welfare State Development in a World System Context: Event History Analysis of First Social Insurance Legislation. In The Comparative Political Economy of the Welfare State: New Methodologies and Approaches (edited by T. Janoski & A. Hicks). New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 254-77.

  30. Usui, C (1993).  The Origin and Development of Modern Welfare-State Policies Among 60 Countries, 1880-1975.  Research in Political Sociology 6:39-69.Inkeles, A & Usui, C  (1989). Retirement Patterns in Cross-National Perspective.  In Social Structure and Aging: Age Structuring in Comparative Perspective (edited by D. Kertzer, J. Meyer, & K.W. Schaie). Hillsdale, N.J.: Erlbaum, pp. 227-61.