Hiromi Tanaka

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Hiromi Tanaka
Meiji University
School of Information and Communication
Job title
Associate Professor
PhD in Sociology(Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Research funding number


Sociology, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies. Research about the cultural dimensions of media and technology, including gendered and sexualised ones.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2014
Associate Professor, School of Information and Communication, Meiji University
Apr 2011
Mar 2014
Assistant Professor, School of Information and Communication, Meiji University
Apr 2008
Mar 2011
Senior Research Fellow, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ Tokyo)
Apr 2007
Mar 2008
Adjunct Instructor, Faculty of Humanities, Musashi University
Oct 2006
Mar 2007
Adjunct Instructor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kassel

Books etc

International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media and Communication
Edited by K. Ross et al. (Part:Contributor, Japanese manga)
Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell   
Forthcoming (scheduled 2020)
Gendered Cityscapes: Revisiting Questions of Gender Identity, Equity and Marginalization in Urban Asia
Edited by D. U. Joshi, Ch. K. Permpoonwiwat, and H. Tanaka (Part:Joint Work, The sexualization of women and men in Japanese urban media)
Jaipur: Rawat   
Forthcoming (scheduled 2019)
Global Leisure and the Struggles for a Better World
Edited by A. Beniwal, J. Rashmi and K. Spracklen (Part:Joint Work, Doing manga as leisure and its meaning and purpose: The case of Japanese female manga fandom called fujoshi, co-authored with S. Ishida.)
Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave   May 2018   
Body Studies
H. Tanaka, A. Kaneko, K. Saito, K. Takesaki, K. Hirano (Part:Joint Translation)
Kyoto: Koyo Shobo   May 2017   
Equating Gender: Explorations in the Asia-Pacific
Edited by D. U. Joshi and Ch. K. Permpoonwiwat. (Part:Joint Work, Women's political participation in Japan: What stirs their political ambition and what promotes their candidacy)
Jaipur: Rawat   Sep 2016   

Published Papers

Towards a reconstruction of gender and media studies
Japanese Journal of the International Society for Gender Studies   16    Dec 2018   [Refereed][Invited]
Enjoying manga as fujoshi: Exploring its innovation and potential for social change from a gender perspective
Co-authored/First author
International Journal of Behavioral Science   10(1) 77-85   Jan 2015   [Refereed]
Parental well-being and the sexual division of household labor: A new look at gendered families in Japan
Asiatische Studien/Etudes Asiatiques   LXVII(2) 401-428   Jun 2013   [Refereed]
Youth's Manga Reading and the Reception of Gender Images: The Case of Readers of "SLAM DUNK"
Journal of Information and Communication Studies   (13) 1-15   Mar 2013   [Refereed]
Individualization of marriage and work life choices: A study of never-married employed women in Hong Kong and Tokyo
Co-authored/First author
Asian Women   28(1) 85-119   Mar 2012   [Refereed]

Conference Activities & Talks

The construction and representation of the body: For a discussion about the body, sport, and diversity [Invited]
The 18th annual conference of Japan Society for Sport and Gender Studies, Public Symposium   29 Jun 2019   
Gender and the media in the digital age: Old and new issues [Invited]
Special Session: Gender and Information in the Digital Age, The 12th Srinakharinwirot University Research Conference   20 Mar 2019   
Gender and the media in contemporary Japan [Invited]
Guest Lecture, Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore   22 Feb 2019   
The portrayals of women in a Japanese women's lifestyle magazine, an an [Invited]
Guest Lecture, Department of Taiwanese Languages and Culture, National Taiwan Normal University   22 Nov 2018   
Gender representation and the portrayals of women in Japanese media: A changing pattern [Invited]
Guest Lecture, Department of Sociology, National Taipei University   21 Nov 2018   

Research Grants & Projects

The rise of social media and the construction of gender and sexuality norms
JSPS: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
Project Year: May 2019 - Mar 2022    Investigator(s): PI: Hiromi Tanaka
Gender representation in a Japanese women's magazine, an an
Meiji University, Institute for Humanities: Joint Research Grant
Project Year: Apr 2017 - Mar 2019    Investigator(s): PI: Hiromi Tanaka
Women's political participation and policy change
JSPS: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
Project Year: May 2012 - Mar 2014    Investigator(s): PI: Misako Iwamoto
Empirical research on family factors that promote women's political participation
Tokai Gender Institute: Joint-Research Grant
Project Year: Apr 2010 - Mar 2011    Investigator(s): Naoko Shima, Tokuko Ogai, Hiromi Tanaka
International German-Japanese Symposium: Life Course in Flux
German Research Foundation (DFG): International Conference Organization Grant
Project Year: Oct 2010 - Oct 2010    Investigator(s): M. Godzik, Hiromi Tanaka, Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt

Awards & Honors

Nov 2014
Best Paper Award, International Interdisciplinary Symposium, Knowledge Construction through the Lens of Social and Cultural Diversity, Srinakharinwirot University
Dec 2011
Encouragement Award, Encouragement Program for Promoting Gender and Low Fertility Research, Hodogaya Foundation
Apr 2001
Heinrich Boell Foundation Doctoral Research Fellowship (3 years)