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Researcher List >> Michael Polito

Michael Polito

NameMichael Polito
AffiliationSophia University
SectionCenter for Liberal Education and Learning Studies in Christian Humanism Division
Job titleAssociate Professor by Special Appointment
DegreeDoctor of Philosophy in Catholic Education(Fordham University), Master of Arts in Religion(Yale University), Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies(Fairfield University )
J-Global ID201501011188427047


2015-present: Sophia University, Center for Global Education and Discovery. Research in Catholic social teaching, theology, and Catholic higher education.   2012-2015: Fordham University, Gabelli School of Business. Administration and research in international business education.
2009-2012 Nagoya University of Business and Commerce. Administration and research in international business education and teaching in business ethics.
2007-2009 Philip Johnson Glass House: National Trust for Historic Preservation. Development management and education in the arts.
2003-2007 Senzoku Gakuen. International Returnee teaching and program development.  
2002-2003 Joel Barlow High School. Student security.
2001-2002 Immaculate Catholic High School. Teaching in Catholic ethics.
Research Activity: Catholic Social Teaching; Organizational change in Catholic and Jesuit higher education;  Environmental sustainability in Catholic Jesuit higher education; Leadership in Catholic education.
Teaching Activity:
The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism Catholic Social Teaching and the Church Today Freedom and Leadership; Ignatian Spirituality for LifeJapan and the West: Societies in Transition Globalization and Organizations
Social Theory in the Study of East and West 2015-2019 Sophia Global Leadership Program 2015-2019 AJCU-AP Service Learning Program
(Subject of research) Catholic Higher Education, Environmental Sustainability in Higher Education, Catholic Ethics, Organization Change and Leadership

Research Interests

Catholic Jesuit Higher Education ,Catholic Social Teaching and Christian Ethics ,Organizational Change and Leadership ,Japan ,Education

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences / Religious studies / 
  • Humanities & social sciences / Philosophy and ethics / 
  • Humanities & social sciences / Education - general / 
  • Humanities & social sciences / Local studies / 
  • Humanities & social sciences / Business administration / 


Sep 2012
Dec 2015
Fordham University Education The Center for Catholic School Leadership and Faith-Based Education
Sep 1999
Jun 2001
Yale University Divinity School Christian Theology and Ethics
Jul 2000
Aug 2000
The University of Oxford Continuing Studies Theology
Sep 1997
Aug 1999
Fairfield University Liberal Arts Religious Studies


Jun 2018
Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Jesuit Leadership Seminar Scholarship


Michael R. Polito   
Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal   11(1) 75-93   Jun 2022   [Refereed]
Michael R. Polito   
Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal   10(1) 43-60   May 2021   [Refereed]
Michael R. Polito   
2015 Association of Christian Colleges and Universities (ACUCA) Management Conference Proceedings      Oct 2015   

Books and Other Publications

Michael R. Polito(Part:Contributor)
Sophia University Press   Apr 2019   


Michael R. Polito   
Unitarian Fellowship Meeting   13 Jan 2018   [Invited]
Michael R. Polito   
Future of the Family Symposium   1 Jul 2017   [Invited]
Michael R. Polito   
Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) Conference 2016   27 Aug 2016   
Michael R. Polito   
2016 Japan Comparative Education Society 52nd Annual Conference   25 Jun 2016   
Michael Polito   

Teaching Experience

Apr 2022
The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism (Sophia University)
Oct 2017
Catholic Social Thought and the Catholic Church Today (Sophia University)
Apr 2017
Freedom and Leadership: Ignatian Spirituality for Life (Sophia University)
Oct 2015
Globalization and Organizations (Sophia University)
Apr 2016
Jul 2019
GLP Global Leadership Program (Sophia University)

Professional Memberships

Comparative Education Society of Japan


Michael R. Polito   
Jan 2018 - Today   Other

Research Projects

Collaborating towards an ecologically responsible education at Sophia
Sophia University: 11th Collaborative Staff and Faculty Innovation Research
Maria Manzon 
Project Year: Nov 2020 - Nov 2021

Academic Activities

Academic research, planning
 Sep 2020 - Today

Media Coverage

BizEd   Jan 2013   [Newspaper, magazine]