University of Connecticut, 2014
University of Connecticut, 2008
Graduate certificate, Women’s Studies,
University of Connecticut, 2009
B.A., Sociology & Social Work,
California State University San Bernardino, 2005
Areas of Expertise
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Asia and Asian Americans
Dr. Iwata's passion for social justice guides her research and teaching interests.
She seeks to explain social inequalities in the U.S. and Japan using an intersectional
approach. Her dissertation research examined the Japanese concepts of “race” and racial
hierarchy, and how they affect foreign migrants in Japan. Dr. Iwata also coauthored
As the Leaves Turn Gold: Asian Americans and Experiences of Aging, which documents the challenges and opportunities of aging for Asian Americans.