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Kyle Cleveland

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Kyle Cleveland

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Cleveland's expertise ranges from political and theoretical sociology to race and ethnicity, popular culture and ideology.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Cleveland has taught at Temple Japan since 1990. He currently teaches the courses Sociology of Race and Racism and Ideology and Social Changes in Japan. He has also presented courses on Japanese culture, criminology, and political sociology.


Dr. Cleveland's research interests focus on Japanese popular culture and ethnic identity in relation to globalization and social changes in contemporary Japan. Dr. Cleveland supervises both American based university students on short-term study abroad, and locally enrolled students with long-term visa sponsorship who study at Temple Japan. As the founding Director of Temple Japan's Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, he has supervised special programmes in Japanese popular culture and visual media studies, organized a lecture series, and produced events and symposia related to contemporary political issues. Through the Wakai Project, he organizes a series of events in which students from various universities, scholars, activists, and media collaborate to address how globalization is affecting youth culture in Japan.
Position Title: 
Associate Professor
MA in Sociology, Temple University / PhD in Sociology, Temple University