Masataka Murakami is a PhD student in Sociocultural Anthropology at UCLA. He previously received a BA in Linguistics with a Spanish Minor from Haverford College and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard University. As a certified Japanese and English language instructor, he also has extensive teaching experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Hamamatsu, Japan.
Murakami's research interests include the construction of Japanese nationhood, Japanese diaspora experience, and the sociocultural integration of immigrant youth in contemporary Japan. His current project explores the unique positionality and impression management of Brazilian ethnic schools that cater to the shifting educational needs of younger Nikkei Brazilians growing up primarily in Japan.