International Research Fellow Hilary J. Holbrow


Hilary J. Holbrow

Ph.D. Candidate, Cornell University

[Research Themes]


  • Economic Sociology, Organizations, HR management, Migration

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  • 2014.01-Present Ph.D Student, 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


  • Hilary Holbrow is a Ph.D. Candidate at in the Sociology Department of Cornell University and an International Research Fellow at the Canon Institute for Global Studies. Her current 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.

  • Prior to entering Cornell University, Ms. Holbrow 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. She has received research support and recognition from 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.


  • "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).


  • “Economic Integration of High-Skilled Migrants in Japan.” (With Kikuko Nagayoshi).
  • “Comparing the Experiences of High-skilled Labor Migrants in Sweden and Japan.” (With Sayaka Törngren).
  • “Are Women Satisfied with Less? Explaining the Gender Pay Gap in Elite Japanese Firms.”