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Miyazaki leaves center after three years at helm

Hiro Miyazaki smiling
Hirokazu Miyazaki was Einaudi Center director, John S. Knight Professor of International Studies, and professor of anthropology. 

Einaudi Center director Hirokazu Miyazaki has left Cornell to become the Kay Davis Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University, Vice Provost for International Affairs Wendy Wolford announced on July 17.

Wolford will serve as interim director until a new director is selected. The university will conduct an open search for the position. 

Miyazaki was appointed Einaudi Center director and John S. Knight Professor of International Studies in May 2015. As director, he focused on strengthening the center's function as a cross-campus hub for Cornell’s interdisciplinary international research and education, and on increasing its impact beyond the university.

He established faculty working groups on cybersecurity, disasters, immigration, the Middle East, nuclear energy, public finance, and public health. He also oversaw the center's area studies and thematic studies programs, designed and led a doctoral dissertation development program for graduate students, launched an imprint at Cornell University Press, and signed collaborative agreements with Keio University and Ritsumeikan University in Japan.

Miyazaki was director of the East Asia Program prior to becoming Einaudi Center director. He also served as professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences, where he joined the faculty 2002.

His research focuses on public and corporate debt and debt relations in post-Fukushima Japan. He has published extensively on theories of exchange, futurity, and hope; his latest book, co-edited with Cornell sociologist Richard Swedberg, is The Economy of Hope (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).