Yuki Imoto teaches anthropology in the liberal arts program at Keio University’s Faculty of Science and Technology. She completed her doctorate degree in social and cultural anthropology from the University of Oxford, where she also worked as a research associate at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies. She has conducted fieldwork in multi- cultural, transnational, and alternative spaces of education within Japan, and has published numerous articles and books on this topic, relating her fieldwork experience to her own background of growing up biculturally. More recently, Yuki has been focusing her work on cross-cultural experiences/understandings of contemplative pedagogy, particularly in American and Japanese higher education. Between 2017 and 2018, she was based at Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley as a Fulbright scholar, and conducted ethnographic fieldwork on contemplative education in several American universities and other spaces of learning, including the Mind & Life Institute.
Imoto currently collaborates with a number of contemplative scholars, anthropologists, community activists and artists in the United States, United Kingdom and Japan, and is designing a liberal arts program that integrates first-, second- and third-person approaches into learning, teaching, and research.