Dr Miho Iwata

Associate Professor


Contact Info

CLA, Room 3218


Ph.D., Sociology,
University of Connecticut, 2014
M.A., Sociology,
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

Political Sociology
International Migration
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Human Rights
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.