Meet the Kyoto Faculty

Classes at the Kyoto Program are taught by faculty from local universities, the Program Director, and by one Stanford Faculty-in-Residence per quarter. Local faculty teach all Stanford courses in English.


Autumn 2017-18: Terry Berlier (Art and Art History); Nick McKeown (Computer Science and Electrical Engineering)
Spring 2017-18: Ximena Briceno (Iberian and Latin American Cultures)


William Bradley

Dr. William Bradley is Professor of Anthropology and Education in the Faculty of Intercultural Studies at Ryukoku University, where he has been based for the past 19 years.  He has a B.A. from University of Wisconsin, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from University of Arizona (College of Education, Language, Reading and Culture). 

He has served as Dean of the International Center at Ryukoku University and has published on a variety of topics such as risk in Japanese society and the internationalization of Japanese higher education.  His co-edited book publications include Education and the Risk Society (2012, Sense Publishers) and Multiculturalism and Conflict Resolution in the Asia-Pacific (2014, Palgrave Macmillan).

Prof. Bradley is a member of numerous academic organizations where he is a frequent presenter, including the American Anthropological Association, American Educational Research Association, and the Comparative and International Education Society.  Professor Bradley has lived in both Kanto and Kansai and has taught classes in a variety of subjects, including anthropology, social theory and cultural studies at numerous institutions in both metropolises. He joined the faculty of the Stanford Program in Kyoto in 2015, where he teaches courses in Japanese popular culture.

Mike Hugh

Dr. Mike Hugh has been director of the Stanford Program in Kyoto since 2013. A U.K. citizen, he earned a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Imperial College London, focusing on the intersection of markets, technologies, and policy in the environmental energy sector. Prior to joining Stanford, he held teaching and research positions at the Instituto Superior Técnico in Portugal, and at the Nagoya University of Commerce and Business in Japan, where he also served as Director of the Department of International Affairs.

Besides his academic work, Dr. Hugh has held project leadership positions for the U.K. Government and the European Commission, and has been quoted on sustainability issues in broadsheet publications such as the Financial Times and the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun. His current area of interest focuses on the energy and environmental policy challenges facing Japan’s lawmakers following the Tōhoku earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

Catherine Ludvik

Prof. Catherine Ludvik obtained a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in the Centre for the Study of Religion and teaches Japanese religion, visual arts, culture and history at Doshisha University and Kyoto Sangyo University. Spanning Indian and Japanese religions and their visual arts, her research interests focus on the metamorphoses of originally Indian deities in texts, images and rituals of Japan, as well as on ascetic practices and pilgrimage.

Prof. Ludvik is the author of Recontextualizing the Praises of a Goddess (2006) and Sarasvati, Riverine Goddess of Knowledge (2007), and is currently researching the goddess Uga-Benzaiten and the Shikoku Henro pilgrimage. She has taught courses on Japanese religion on the Stanford Program in Kyoto since 2001.

Philip Sugai

Dr. Philip Sugai is Professor of Marketing at the Doshisha Business School, having joined the faculty in 2013. Prior to joining Doshisha University, Dr. Sugai taught at the International University of Japan in Niigata since 2002.

Dr. Sugai’s diverse research interests include the ways in which innovation is conducted in Japan’s modern as well as heritage companies, and its impacts on consumers, markets and societies. His research has been published in a number of internationally recognized journals, and he has been quoted by a wide range of news and media publications including Forbes Magazine, The New York Times, Bloomberg, and Business Week. He is the lead author of The Six Immutable Laws of Mobile Business by Wiley Inderscience published January 2010.

Dr. Sugai received his Doctoral degree from Waseda University’s Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunications Studies and his M.B.A. in Marketing and Operations Management from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He has worked as a marketing executive at American Express, Muze, Inc., and Lightningcast, Inc., and as a marketing consultant for Advantage Marketing Information.

Douglas Woodruff

Prof. Douglas Woodruff first came to Japan in 1966 with his family and traveled throughout the country. He returned to Japan in 1972 to spend his junior year in college at Doshisha University, and after completing his B.A. degree at Oberlin, he has lived in Kyoto ever since. Douglas apprenticed as a carpenter at Hasegawa Kobo from 1976-78, established an independent workshop in northern Kyoto prefecture in 1979, and at the same time began a partnership with the architectural firm Atelier Ryo that is still ongoing. From that year as well, he has undertaken woodworking commissions from private patrons in prefectures across Japan and in France, Hawaii, and Canada to disassemble, relocate, reassemble, and renovate country farmhouses (minka).

Since 2000 Prof. Woodruff has also been involved in a number of Kyo-machiya, kura, and teahouse reconstruction and renovation projects both in Japan and abroad. He has exhibited samples of his carpentry and woodworking pieces regularly in Kyoto, and his work has been featured in numerous magazines (including Bungei Shunju, Kateigaho, Jutaku Kenchiku, Bessatsu Taiyo, Tezukuri Mokko Jiten) and books (including Japan Country Living and The Japanese House, both published by Tuttle Press).