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International Research Fellow Hilary J. Holbrow

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Hilary J. Holbrow

Postdoctoral Fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

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Profile

Education

  • 2014.01-2017.05 Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology Department, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  • 2011.08-2013.12 Master of Arts, Sociology Department, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  • 2008.09-2009.06 Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies, Yokohama, Japan
  • 2003.09-2004.04 Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (formerly Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies)
  • 2001.09-2005.05 Bachelor of Arts, East Asian Studies, Boston University, Boston, USA

Career

  • Hilary Holbrow is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University and an International Research Fellow at the Canon Institute for Global Studies. Her research focuses on diversity in Japanese firms. She examines how Japanese firms integrate women and highly skilled foreign workers, and how they can create a positive work environment for employees of all backgrounds. As Japan's population declines, this research illuminates how Japanese firms can best attract, retain, and use a diverse workforce to maintain their existing advantages amidst intensifying global competition.

  • Dr. Holbrow earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at Cornell University. She has also worked as a Research Assistant at Harvard University's Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, as a Coordinator for International Relation for Japanese local government in Okinawa, and as a Press Assistant at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC. Her research has received support and recognition from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Fulbright Foundation, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Blakemore Foundation, and the Center for Economy and Society, the Center for the Study of Inequality, and the East Asia Program at Cornell University.

Publications

  • “Comparing the Experiences of High-Skilled Labor Migrants in Sweden and Japan,” International Journal of Japanese Sociology, March 2017. (With Sayaka O. Törngren).
  • “Too Few Women at the Top: The Persistence of Gender Inequality in Japan,” Work and Occupations, March 2017.
  • “Economic Integration of High-Skilled Migrants in Japan: The Role of Employment Practices,” International Migration Review, September 2016. (With Kikuko Nagayoshi).
  • "Global Talent: Skilled Labor as Social Capital in Korea," Work and Occupations, February 2016.
  • "Conformity to Labor Market Norms and Access to Job Search Assistance: A Case Study From Japan," Work and Occupations, May 2015.
  • "Why Asian Americans Are Becoming Mainstream," Daedalus, Summer 2013. (With Victor Nee).

Papers

  • “A Dull Knife Still Cuts Deeply: Ethnic Biases and Wage Inequality in the Workplace.”
  • “Capitals or Contexts? An Investigation of Competing Explanations for Immigrant Wage Inequality.”
  • “Evidence for Discrimination in Job Assignment and in Pay Determination at Elite Japanese Firms.”