SUGAWARA (MINAGAWA) Yuka

Assistant Professor
Social demography, health and aging, socio-economic transition from communism in East Central Europe and the former Soviet Union
B.A. Sophia University
M.A. Harvard University
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Research and Teaching Interests:

I am a social demographer whose research centers on health, mortality, and aging. Grounding my research in rich bodies of literature in sociology and demography, I examine how political, economic, and social environments influence the production and distribution of health. I am particularly interested in the consequences of the post-communist social change on the health status of populations in East Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. Japan, my second region of study, provides another valuable case for the assessment of theories linking social environments and health. My research examines the influences of sociocultural factors on Japanese elders’ physical and mental health outcomes, bridging health in Japan with sociological theories of gender, family, and inequality.

Selected Publications:

Journal Articles

Yuka Minagawa and Yasuhiko Saito. 2015. “Active Social Participation and Mortality Risk Among Older People in Japan: Results from a Nationally-Representative Sample.” Research on Aging 37:481-499.

Vanessa Yong, Yuka Minagawa, and Yasuhiko Saito. 2015. “Policy and Program Measures for Successful Aging in Japan.” In Sheng-Tak Cheng (Ed.), Successful Aging – Asian Perspective. New York: Springer.

Marc Luy and Yuka Minagawa. 2014. “Gender gaps - Life Expectancy and Proportion of Life in Poor Health.” Health Reports 25(12).

Yuka Minagawa and Yasuhiko Saito. 2014. “An Analysis of the Impact of Cell Phone Use on Depressive Symptoms among Japanese Elders.” Gerontology 60:539-547.

Yuka Minagawa. 2013. “Inequality in Healthy Life Expectancy in Eastern Europe.” Population and Development Review 39(4): 649-671.

Yuka Minagawa. 2013. “The Social Consequences of Post-Communist Structural Change: An Analysis of Suicide Trends in Eastern Europe.” Social Forces 91(3):1035-1056.

Yuka Minagawa. 2013. “Gender Differences in Alcohol Choice among Russians: Evidence from a Quantitative Study.” European Addiction Research 19(2):82-88.

Cynthia J. Buckley, Erin T. Hofmann, and Yuka Minagawa. 2011. “Does Nativity Matter? Correlates of Health by Immigrant Generation in the Russian Federation.” Demographic Research 24(32):801-824

COURSES

Courses NoTitle2017 Semester Offered
SOC225 INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE SOCIETY Spring
SOC337 POPULATION AND SOCIETY Autumn
SOC401 SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND AGING Spring
SOC315 SURVEY METHODS Autumn
Email:
ysugawara[at]sophia.ac.jp
Office:
10-501