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Hosoki Ralph Ittonen

NameHosoki Ralph Ittonen
Alternative NamesRalph Hosoki
AffiliationSophia University
SectionFaculty of Human Sciences, Department of Sociology
Job titleAssociate Professor
DegreeBachelor of Arts (Sociology/Anthropology)(Carleton College), Master of Arts in Advanced Social and International Studies(University of Tokyo), Master of Arts in Social Sciences(University of California, Irvine), Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology(University of California, Irvine)
Research funding number00820557
J-Global ID201801004933689518

Research Interests

Sociological Neoinstitutionalism ,Qualitative Comparative Analysis ,Cross-national Research ,Social Movements ,International Migration ,International Migration Studies ,Human Rights ,International Norms ,Globalization ,Global and Transnational Sociology

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences / Sociology / 
  • Humanities & social sciences / International relations / 
  • Humanities & social sciences / Local studies / 

Research History

Apr 2024
Sophia University Faculty of Human Sciences Department of Sociology Associate Professor 
Apr 2019
Mar 2024
Sophia University Faculty of Human Sciences Department of Sociology Assistant Professor (tenure track) 
Jan 2018
Mar 2019
Kansai Gaidai University College of International Professional Development School of International Professional Development Assistant Professor (tenure track) 


Sep 2010
Jun 2017
University of California, Irvine (UCI) (Ph.D Program) Department of Sociology 
Sep 2010
Jun 2014
University of California, Irvine (UCI) (MA en route to Ph.D) Department of Sociology (Demographic and Social Analysis [DASA]) 
Apr 2007
Aug 2010
The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Advanced Social and International Studies Program, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Course (Ph.D Program/withdrawal after completing Ph.D coursework) 
Apr 2005
Mar 2007
The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Advanced Social and International Studies Program, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Course (MA Program) 
Sep 1998
Jun 2002
Carleton College Sociology/Anthropology 


Jun 2013
University of California, Irvine Department of Sociology, Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (2012-2013)
Hosoki, Ralph Ittonen 


Ralph I. Hosoki   
Japanese Journal of Sociology   33(1) 1-18   Jan 2024   [Refereed]

Although sociological neoinstitutionalist thought has made indelible imprints across the social sciences in Japan, its incorporation into Japanese sociology at large has been relatively limited, and its broader applications to analyses o...
Hosoki, Ralph   Ittonen   
Sociological Inquiry   88(1) 155-179   Feb 2018   [Refereed]
Published online first on May 24, 2017


Ralph I. Hosoki   
The Wiley‐Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, 2nd ed.   1-3   Sep 2022   [Invited]
Ralph Ittonen Hosoki   
International Journal of Japanese Sociology   30(1) 199-202   2021   [Invited]
Ralph Ittonen Hosoki   
Humanity & Society   44(2) 235-237   2020   [Invited]
Ralph Ittonen Hosoki   
Pacific Affairs   90(2) 361-363   Jun 2017   [Invited]
Published online first:
Hosoki, Ralph   Ittonen   
The Center for the Documentation of Refugees and Migrants      2011   [Invited]

Books and Other Publications

Hosoki Ralph Ittonen(Part:Others, pp. 85-109 (Chapter 4 - with Colin J. Beck, John W. Meyer, Ralph I. Hosoki, and Gili S. Drori))
Cambridge University Press   Apr 2019   (ISBN:1108473105)   
Hosoki Ralph Ittonen(Part:Others, pp. 285-336 (Chapter 10) (sole author))
World Scientific   2016   (ISBN:9814678872)   


Ralph Ittonen Hosoki   
2023 IMISCOE Annual Conference   3 Jul 2023   
Ralph Ittonen Hosoki   
2021 IMISCOE Annual Conference   9 Jul 2021   
Moderator   Reiko Ogawa   Panelists   Sachi Takahata   Masako Tanaka   Asuko Abe   Discussants   Deborah Milly   Ralph Ittonen Hosoki   
Japan Association for Migration Policy Studies (JAMPS) Annual Conference (hosted online)   12 Dec 2020   [Invited]
2019 American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting   11 Aug 2019   American Sociological Association (ASA)   
Hosoki, Ralph   Ittonen   
2017 American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting   Aug 2017   

Professional Memberships

The Japan Sociological Society
Japan Association for Migration Policy Studies
The Kantoh Sociological Society
Association for Asian Studies
International Sociological Association


Project conducted at the Collaborative Research Centre 1342 "Global Dynamics of Social Policy," funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation)   project number 374666841 - SFB 1342 (Friederike Römer, University of Bremen)   
Oct 2018 - Today   Database science
Project funded by the Emmy-Noether program of the German Research Foundation, WZB Berlin Social Science Center at the University of Bamberg, and the Swiss National Science Foundation (Marc Helbling, University of Bamberg)   
Jan 2012 - Today   Database science

Research Projects

An Empirical Investigation into the Factors That Shape "Social Quality" Policy Measures across Municipalities
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Project Year: Apr 2020 - Mar 2024
Project Year: Apr 2019 - Mar 2024
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Research Fellowship and Grants in Aid for Young Scientists (DC2 category)
Hosoki, Ralph Ittonen 
Project Year: Apr 2009 - Aug 2010

Academic Activities

Peer review
American Sociological Review (American Sociological Association); Sociological Inquiry (Alpha Kappa Delta - International Sociology Honor Society); Sociological Perspectives (Pacific Sociological Association); The Annual Review of Sociology (The Kantoh Sociological Society)

Social Activities

[Report writing]
Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan Migrants Network; Vol. 181, pp. 34-37 2015
Network for Human Rights Legislation for Foreigners and Ethnic Minorities NGO Forum for the Realization of a Transformation from Management-based Policy to Human Rights-based Policy in Tokyo 2010
NGO Network for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) Debriefing Session 2010
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Presentation with Daisuke Shirane 2010

Media Coverage

Kyodo News   Japan Today website      [Newspaper, magazine]
Kyodo News   Japan Today website      [Newspaper, magazine]
Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan   NGO Report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) (Ralph I, Hosoki, Nobuyuki Sato, and Masataka Okamoto, eds.)      [Other]