Mariko Yoshihara Yang

Mariko Yoshihara Yang, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar
Japan Program Fellow
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Encina Hall E301
Stanford, CA
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Mariko Yoshihara Yang joins the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) as a visiting scholar, the Japan Program Fellow. As an Affiliate Professor at Ritsumeikan University, Mariko has taught graduate courses in sociological research methods and conducts research on topics that intersect institutional behavior and technological innovations.

Recently, her historical analysis of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), a forty-year-old U.S. policy to support innovative small firms, was published in Science of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (Tokyo University Press, 2015). Her research on the U.S. SBIR program has extended into comparative case studies of similar public policies in Japan and England through which she examines the social embeddedness surrounding innovation policy. Mariko is also investigating cross-national differences in the mechanism that affect the mindset of post-doctoral labor force engaged in promoting academic innovation in the U.S., Switzerland, and Japan. Her case study of Stanford University’s interdisciplinary approach in postdoctoral innovation program was published in the Journal of Science Policy and Research Management 29 (in Japanese).  During her time at Shorenstein APARC, Mariko will participate in the Stanford Silicon Valley US-Japan Dialogue 2016 “Womenomics, the Workplace and Women” as a co-organizer, contributing to a forthcoming edited volume on the subject to be published by the Center.

Mariko recently co-founded a non-profit organization in Japan, SKY Labo, to inspire young girls in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Design Thinking. Mariko hopes to nurture a new generation of women in the STEM fields who will serve as catalysts in bringing more innovation and creativity in the Japanese society.

Mariko holds M.A and Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. She received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine with magna cum laude and a B.A. in Literature from the University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo, Japan.