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Wank David Louis

NameWank David Louis
AffiliationSophia University
SectionFaculty of Liberal Arts, Department of Liberal Arts
Job titleProfessor
DegreeB.A.(Oberlin College), M.A.(Harvard University), Ph. D.(Harvard University)
Research funding number60245793
J-Global ID200901010108017361


I specialize in economic and political sociology with a research focus on China. I study institutional change in social fields through ethnographic field methods. To date I undertaken studies of private business, Buddhism, the underground economy, and transnational networks. I teach a range of courses from the introductory to the graduate level: Introduction to Sociology; Introduction to the Field Methods; Political Sociology; Economic Sociology; State and Society in China; Political Sociology of Globalization.

Research Interests

sociology, global studies, political sociology, economic sociology, social networks, religion, business, cuisine, globalization, power, systems theories

Research History

Oct 2003
Mar 2004
Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo  Adjunct Instructor 


The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Program on Peace and International Cooperation Research and Writing Grant for August, 1998-March, 2000 (U.S. $100,000)
Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Kukin Fellowship
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
M.A passed with distinction, Harvard University


David L Wank   
global-e   11(4)    2018   [Refereed]
David L. Wank   James Farrer   
global-e   online journal-online journal   2017   [Refereed][Invited]
James Farrer   David L. Wank   Christian Hess   Chuanfei Wang   Lenka Vyletalova   Monica Carlvaho   
Foods and Food Ingredients Journal of Japan   222(3) 257-263   2017   [Invited]
David L. Wank   
Global Studies Review   2 26-35   2015   [Refereed][Invited]
global-e   2(2)    2008   


David L. Wank   
AGLOS News   (10)    Apr 2007   [Invited]
David L. Wank   
AGLOS News   (4)    Apr 2004   [Invited]
David L. Wank   
Sociology Lives      1991   [Invited]


David L. Wank   
Invited lecture. Hitotsubashi University Social Sciences and Global Studies Research Lecture Series   27 Feb 2018   [Invited]
Ashiwa Yoshiko a   David L. Wank   
Workshop: Thinking about the world of Shizuoka Tea. At Shizuoka Prefectural University Global Area Center   23 Feb 2018   
Yoshiko Ashiwa   David L. Wank   
Invited lecture. Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore   7 Dec 2017   [Invited]
Yoshiko Ashiwa   David L. Wank   
Invited lecture. Xiamen University, Department of Anthropology   19 Sep 2017   

Professional Memberships

American Sociological Association
Association of Asian Studies
Asian Studies Conference Japan

Research Projects

A study to elucidate corruption paradox in contemporary China
Japan Society for Promotion of Sciences: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research <KAKENHI>
Hishida Masaharu 
Project Year: Apr 2017 - Mar 2022
Globalizing Chinese Buddhism: Ideoscape of Values, Ethics, and Lifestyle
Japan Society for Promotion of Sciences: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research <KAKENHI>
David Wank 
Project Year: Apr 2016 - Mar 2019
Zhongnanhai Studies: Socio-political research on Chinese Communist Party
Japan Society for Promotion of Sciences: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research <KAKENHI>
Hishida Masaharu 
Project Year: Apr 2011 - Mar 2015
"Traveling Cuisines" in Asia: Sociological inquiries into culinary contact zones and culinary soft power
Japan Society for Promotion of Sciences: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research <KAKENHI>
FARRER James 国際教養学部 
Project Year: Apr 2010 - Mar 2014


For my class on economic sociology, the students first read about theoretical perspectives and then develop a field project that they pursue. This links up what they learn in the classroom with the real world.
From when I first started teaching at Sophia, I have asked students on the last day of class to write an evaluation of the course. Depending on the course, this is either an essay or a standardized evaluation form. This gives the students an opportunity to communicate to me the strong and weak points of the course, so that I can improve it each year.