FLA professors participate in a wide variety of research projects in their areas of expertise and publish widely in international research journals.
  • For descriptions of Faculty members’ ongoing and recent projects see the Faculty Research Projects page.
  • To find out more about individual faculty members’ research interests and selected publications, browse the faculty pages by individual.
  • For a full list of publications, search for Faculty names in the University Researcher Database.

Journal Publications

Monumenta Nipponica

Monumenta Nipponica (MN), a quarterly journal on Japanese culture and society, was founded in 1938, making it one of the oldest English-language academic journals in the field of Asian studies. Published by Sophia, MN provides a fully refereed platform for Japan scholars from around the world to present research. It carries original scholarship and translations in the fields of history, literature, art history, religion, philosophy, and anthropology. Monumenta is edited by a member of the FLA.
Monumenta Nipponica

Sophia International Review

Sophia International Review (SIR) is a annual bulletin started in 1978 that presents papers by Faculty members. SIR papers are devoted to topics in international education, or report on Faculty members’ research.
Sophia International Review

AGLOS: Journal of Area-Based Global Studies

 AGLOS Journal of Area-Based Global Studies is a refereed online journal published by the Sophia University Graduate School of Global Studies (GSGS). The journal publishes submissions, in English or Japanese, from current graduate students and alumni of the GSGS in a range of disciplines and from the diverse intellectual perspectives embodied in the three graduate programs: Global Studies, Area Studies and International Relations. It aims to encourage rigorous research activities and serve as a forum for intellectual exchange among students and scholars. Many GSGS professors are also members of the FLA.
AGLOS Journal of Area-Based Global Studies

Project : Reacting to the Past

New Approaches to Critical Thinking and Japanese History will in the end bring the Reacting-to-the-Past-Pedagogy to our classrooms.
Reacting to the Past

Research Institutes

Institute of Comparative Culture

The Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC), established in 1981, is a research organization for developing and promoting interdisciplinary studies in social sciences and humanities from a comparative perspective. The Institute promotes and assists the research activities of ICC members, hosts guest speakers, holds conferences and workshops, and supports the research activities of visiting researchers. ICC members’ areas of specialization include business, economics, history, literature, art, political science, sociology and anthropology, focusing strongly on Asia, especially Japan. Because the ICC supports research activities in English, its membership is based largely in the FLA.
Institute of Comparative Culture

Other Sophia Research Institutes

Sophia has a wide range of other research institutes specializing in various research areas. For a full list, please follow the link below.
Descriptions of all university research institutes