* attached to more than one section
** journal editor
The role of the International Academic Advisory Board is to provide advice and expertise in support of IAFOR’s mission and activities. Members are appointed by the President of IAFOR to one or more academic sections, depending on their individual area(s) of expertise.
Membership of the IAAB is for three years, renewable once, and is by invitation only. Journal Editors are ex-officio members of the Board for the length in which they serve.
The IAAB is organised into three academic divisions, and then further into sections, each of which has a Chair responsible for academic programmes and publications, and who serves as a representative on the Academic Governing Board.
Hiroshi Ishida is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Tokyo. He served as the Director of the Institute of Social Sciences and the Director of the Center of Social Research and Data Archives, at the University of Tokyo, from 2012 to 2015. He received his PhD in sociology from Harvard University, conducted post-doctoral research at Nuffield College and St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and held positions of Assistant and Associate Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. He was a Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan and a Visiting Fellow of Sociology at Yale University.
Professor Ishida’s research interests include comparative social stratification and mobility, school-to-work transition, and social inequality over the life course. He is the author of Social Mobility in Contemporary Japan (Stanford University Press) and the co-editor with David Slater of Social Class in Contemporary Japan (Routledge). His work has been published in a number of journals and edited volumes, including American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, European Sociological Review, and Japanese Sociological Review.
Professor Ishida was the president of the Japanese Association of Mathematical Sociology from 2011 to 2013, and currently serves as the secretary/treasurer of the Research Committee on Social Stratification of the International Sociological Association. From 2005 to 2010, he was the editor-in-chief of Social Science Japan Journal, an international journal on social science research on Japan published by Oxford University Press. He is the principal investigator of the Japanese Life Course Panel Surveys, funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He presently serves on the international editorial board of several journals, including British Journal of Sociology, European Sociological Review, and Social Forces. He is currently the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Official Representative for the University of Tokyo.
Dr Philip Sugai*
Doshisha University, Japan
Dr Sugai is a Professor of Marketing within Doshisha University's Graduate School of Business where he currently teaches Marketing, eMarketing, Marketing Research, and Sustainable & Responsible Marketing. Dr Sugai also served as a Visiting Professor for Stanford University from 2015 - 2017, where he taught Innovation in Japan at the Stanford Overseas campus in Kyoto. Prior to joining the Doshisha University faculty, Dr Sugai taught at the International University of Japan in Niigata where he also served as Dean and Associate Dean of the IUJ Business School for six years.
Dr Sugai is the author of two books, The Value Plan and The Six Immutable Laws of Mobile Business (John Wiley & Sons) and has published case studies with Ivey Business School Publishing on KITKAT Japan, AGL, Hatsune Miku and Walt Disney Internet Group.
He received his Doctorate degree from Waseda University and his M.B.A. in Marketing and Operations Management from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He has worked as a marketing executive at American Express, Muze, Inc., and Lightningcast, Inc., and currently serves as a marketing advisor and marketing strategy consultant to companies both in Japan and globally.
*Dr Philip Sugai is attached to more than one section of the International Academic Advisory Board.
Dr June Henton
Auburn University, USA
Dr June Henton is Professor and Dean of the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University. Dean Henton provides leadership for teaching, research, and outreach programming in subject areas such as: nutrition and wellness; hospitality and service management; sustainable human development; relationships and health; the science of design; and women’s wealth and philanthropy. The commitment of the College is to produce graduates who are not only professionally competent, but globally aware and socially engaged. In addition to her role as Senior Dean, Dr Henton also serves as Associate Director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and Auburn’s liaison to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, serving the citizens of the state, nation, and world.
Throughout her administrative career, Dean Henton has focused on the creation of innovative initiatives to position students for success in a rapidly changing world. Notably, the Hotel and Restaurant Management program partnered with the West Paces Hotel Group to establish a service excellence program based on the quality sciences, that is unique in the nation. In addition, she was co-founder and initiated Auburn’s charter membership in the National Textile Center University Research Consortium. In recent years, the College of Human Sciences has developed Auburn’s only International Minor and established its first permanently endowed, year-round overseas campus in Ariccia, Italy. Moreover, since 1994, the College has sponsored the International Quality of Life Awards at the United Nations to honor leaders who have distinguished themselves at the highest levels professionally as well as in humanitarian endeavors. Also, under Dean Henton’s leadership in 2004, Auburn University was invited to be the first academic partner with the UN World Food Programme in a university hunger campaign. Since that time, more than 150 institutions of higher education have joined the coalition of Universities Fighting World Hunger.
Dr Henton earned her PhD in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. During her years as a faculty member, she taught a variety of courses in the social and behavioral sciences. Her publication record includes a list of books, book chapters, and articles reflecting her primary areas of research, viz., interpersonal dynamics, relationship violence, and relationship stability. Examples include a Dryden Press book, Hers and His: A Problem Solving Approach to Marriage and refereed articles in journals such as Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Family Issues, Social Psychology Quarterly, and Journal of Social Psychology. She also received a B.S. degree from Oklahoma State University and an M.S. from the University of Nebraska.
Professor Denis Binder*
Chapman University, USA
Professor Binder’s career teaching law spans 4½ decades. His primary teaching areas are Environmental Law, Torts and Toxic Torts. He has been involved with infrastructure issues for four decades, starting with the Legal Liability for Dam Failures. He received the National Award of Merit by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials in 1996.
His work includes emergency action planning, energy issues, the causes and responses to natural disasters and tragedies, and security issues, including cybersecurity and cyberbullying. He has written and spoken scores of times to academic, legal and professional audiences on these problems.
His recent research focuses on two aspects of disasters. The first is on natural and human risks in the environment, recognising that human development magnifies the risks of natural hazards. The second is the increasing application of criminal law in disasters and tragedies in the New Millennium.
Professor Binder received his LL.M., in 1971 and doctorate in law (S.J.D.) from the University of Michigan in 1973.
*Professor Denis Binder is attached to more than one section of the International Academic Advisory Board.
Dr James W. McNally
University of Michigan, USA & NACDA Program on Aging
Dr James W. McNally is the Director of the NACDA Program on Aging, a data archive containing over 1,500 studies related to health and the aging lifecourse. He currently does methodological research on the improvement and enhancement of secondary research data and has been cited as an expert authority on data imputation. Dr McNally has directed the NACDA Program on Aging since 1998 and has seen the archive significantly increase its holdings with a growing collection of seminal studies on the aging lifecourse, health, retirement and international aspects of aging. He has spent much of his career addressing methodological issues with a specific focus on specialised application of incomplete or deficient data and the enhancement of secondary data for research applications. Dr McNally has also worked extensively on issues related to international aging and changing perspectives on the role of family support in the later stages of the aging lifecourse.
Dr James W. McNally is a Vice-President of IAFOR. He is Chair of the Social Sciences & Sustainability division of the International Academic Advisory Board.
Ms Karen Newby
Par les mots solidaires, France
Karen Newby trained as a nurse, and has lived and worked in England, the United States and France, where she currently resides. In 2007 she founded Words for Solidarity, a charity to support Nepalese women to become professional and ethically responsible nurses.
Professor James Briganti
Nagasaki University School of Medicine, Japan
Professor Briganti is currently Assistant Professor at Nagasaki University School of Medicine, Japan, where he teaches Public Health in the English Section and oversees three different international exchange programs. Previously, Professor Briganti worked for Michigan State University, USA, teaching academic writing to VIPP (Visiting International Professional Program) students from Libya, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, among others. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, from James Madison College at Michigan State University, Professor Briganti was active in two citizens’ lobby groups, Clean Water Action and Citizens Action, where he was a fundraiser and crew leader responsible for educating citizens state-wide concerning legislative actions on environmental and civil liberties issues. Professor Briganti returned to Japan five years ago after obtaining his Master’s degree. His current interests are cross-cultural competence, social justice, international academic collaboration, and Content-Based Instruction. He has an abiding love of literature, learning, nature and progressive ideas.
Dr Tom Houghton**
Curtin University, Australia
Dr Tom Houghton is Director of the MBA (Oil & Gas) at Curtin Graduate School of Business, Australia, and was previously a Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, UK. His principal field of research is sustainable energy economics and he has a keen interest in energy for development, having established a training program in Renewable Energy for Developing Countries with UNITAR. Dr Houghton is a Visiting Professor at Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Japan, where he provides courses in sustainable energy to MBA students. Before joining Strathclyde he spent more than five years in the power industry and a further eight in the banking sector, latterly as director at the Japanese bank Nomura. With colleagues in Asia and the United States, he established a consulting company in the renewable energy sector in 2011. Dr Houghton holds an MEng from Imperial College, an MBA from London Business School and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde.
Dr Maxime Jaffré is a research fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), at the Centre Norbert Elias in Marseille, France. He holds a PhD in sociology from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS). He defended a PhD thesis entitled “The globalization of culture and the spirit of Arabic music: a sociology of scholarly Arabic musical forms decontextualized in France and in the US”. Dr Jaffré has also worked as a research assistant at the University of Chicago with Terry Nichols Clark on the Scenes and the Fiscal Austerity and Urban Innovation (FAUI) projects, where he analyzed the social and political dynamics of cities and culture in France and internationally. He is currently involved in the ANR-Curricula research project funded by the French National Research Agency, which aims to analyse the reorganisation of cultural institutions in cities designated “European Capitals of Culture” in four European countries (France, Sweden, Poland and Italy). For this project, he is developing innovative statistical and cartographic methodologies involving Small and Big Data analyses applied to the urban environment to identify the impacts of creative territories and the socio-cultural dynamics of artistic innovation.
*Dr Maxime Jaffré is attached to more than one section of the International Academic Advisory Board.
Dr Elena Raevskikh*
Centre Norbert Elias, France
Dr Elena Raevskikh is a research fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), at the Centre Norbert Elias in Marseille, France. She holds a PhD in sociology from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS). Her PhD thesis is entitled “The Genesis and renewals of institutional forms of culture: a study of music conservatories and their territorial anchors”. Dr Raevskikh has also graduated in international public law from the Lomonosov Moscow State University Law Faculty in Russia, where she studied the legal aspects of the process of economic and monetary integration in the European Union. She is currently involved in the ANR-Curricula research project funded by the French National Research Agency, which aims to analyse the reorganisation of cultural institutions in cities designated “European Capitals of Culture” in four European countries (France, Sweden, Poland and Italy). For this project, Dr Raevskikh is developing new conceptual and methodological approaches to identify the creative territories and the socio-cultural dynamics of artistic innovation.
*Dr Elena Raevskikh is attached to more than one section of the International Academic Advisory Board.
Mr Lowell Sheppard*
HOPE International Development Agency, Japan
Lowell Sheppard is Asia Pacific Director of the HOPE International Development Agency, an organisation that works to improve the supply of basic human necessities to the world’s extreme poor. Aside from his 25-year involvement with HOPE, Lowell has dedicated much of his life to social and environmental improvement projects throughout the world. He was the Chairman of the Whose Earth initiative in the UK, and was the founding Chairman of Novimost, a non-government organisation responding to the needs caused by war in the Balkans. He was also CEO of one of the UK’s largest youth charities and an executive member of Spring Harvest, an annual Christian festival which attracts more than 60,000 people each Easter, and raises more than one million dollars for charities every year. A fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, Mr Sheppard is the author of six books, which reflect his diverse intellectual interests and life experience. His latest book, Boys Becoming Men, examines the importance of rites of passage, including adventures, for children becoming adults. Lowell is a noted public speaker, and has given lectures at both undergraduate and postgraduate level on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, and he is a former vice-chairman of the CSR Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
*Mr Lowell Sheppard is attached to more than one section of the International Academic Advisory Board.