Professor Roger Goodman

Professor Roger Goodman

BA Durh, MA DPhil Oxf
Roger Goodman
Warden of St Antony's College
Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies
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Professor Roger Goodman became the sixth Warden of St Antony’s College in October 2017 in succession to Professor Margaret Macmillan. His relationship with the College began in 1982 when he arrived to start his doctoral work in social anthropology. Between 1985-88, he held a Junior Research Fellowship at the College in Japanese Studies. He taught for one year in Imperial College London’s Humanities Department before taking up a Readership in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex in1989. In 1993, he returned to Oxford to become the first Lecturer in the Social Anthropology of Japan with a Fellowship at St Antony’s. He succeeded to the Nissan Professorship of Modern Japanese Studies in 2003, which has also always been attached to the College, a position which he will continue to hold while Warden. In 2004, he was appointed as the inaugural Head of the new School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS). For the academic year 2006-7, he was Acting Warden at St Antony’s following the retirement of Sir Marrack Goulding. In 2008, he was appointed Head of the Social Sciences Division within the University of Oxford, a position which he held until becoming Warden at St Antony’s. He is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and has been the Chair of Academy’s Council since 2015.

Professor Goodman’s research is mainly on Japanese education and social policy. He has published two major monographs with Oxford University Press, Japan’s International Youth (1990) and Children of the Japanese State (2000), and has been the editor or co-editor of a further ten volumes. Most of his work is also available in Japanese editions. He is currently writing a monograph on the changes which are taking place in Japanese higher education. He has supervised more than thirty doctoral theses on Japan over the past two decades on topics ranging from Shinto shrines to volleyball coaches, teacher unions to karaoke, hikikomori to firefighters.