Prof. Miyazawa, a former high school teacher, is a curriculum scholar and a teacher educator. She is from the North East region of Japan and has taught and done research in both Japan and the U.S.
Miyazawa has been writing about modernity, memory, curriculum, and citizenship, focusing on gender, sexuality, and ethnicity. Recently, she has been working on research on education in the post-disaster society. She spent one semester in 2015 in her hometown, Fukushima, Japan, which is recovering from the Great East Japan Earthquake that took place 6 years ago. Through her research she hopes to reconnect with her roots both personally and scholarly. She is looking forward to writing a book about education in post-disaster Fukushima, integrating the themes of memories, war, nuclear, and desires for progress.
“I have enjoyed guiding students to grow and transform themselves as individuals as well as educators,” said Miyazawa of her time at Gettysburg. “When I see student-teachers and alumni making a positive impact on the lives of others in various communities, I feel very proud. The work I do may not produce immediate tangible results, but it often brings wonderful surprising results at the most unexpected times. I am very happy and fortunate to be able to have these experiences.”
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