Carnegie Council Announces the Appointment of Six Pacific Fellows

April 26, 2016

CREDIT: Gusta Johnson. Discussants, L to R: Peter Kwong, Henry Chang, Jiayang Fan, and Kavitha Rajagopalan

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of six Pacific Fellows based in Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. 

Chosen for their expertise in ethics and interest in Carnegie Council's work, the fellows will organize dialogues in their local communities and collaborate with other fellows, students, and Council staff to develop joint research, site visits, publications, and multimedia projects.

This fellowship is part of Carnegie Council's new Asia Dialogues program, led by Senior Fellow Devin Stewart.

By conducting original, empirical research and facilitating educational exchange, the Asia program seeks to advance ethical inquiry around contentions within Asia and the United States. The method of research has been developed by Carnegie Council over the past several years and is a topic that Stewart has recently written about in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas.

The fellows are as follows:

Sonja Pei-Fen Dale
Sonja Pei-Fen Dale is an adjunct assistant professor at Hitotsubashi University. Her work focuses on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) identities and issues in Japan. She is also interested in social exclusion and inclusion, in particular with regard to gender, sexual, and ethnic minority groups in Japan.

James Farrer
James Farrer is professor of sociology and global studies at Sophia University in Tokyo, specializing in urban sociology in East Asia, with publications on sexuality, nightlife, expatriate communities, political protest, and food cultures.

Natsumi Ikoma
Natsumi Ikoma is director of the Center for Gender Studies and professor of literature at International Christian University, Japan. Her research lies at the intersection of literary and social studies from feminist perspectives, and gender is a significant element.

Mari Miura
Mari Miura is professor of political science at Sophia University's Faculty of Law in Tokyo. She is also deputy director of the Promotion of Gender Equality Office at Sophia University and academic advisor to the working team of the All-partisan Caucus for the Promotion of Gender Equality in Politics.

Dicky Sofjan
Dicky Sofjan is a core doctoral faculty in the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies at the Graduate School of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta. He is the principal investigator of a nine-country research program on religion, public policy and social transformation in Southeast Asia.

Francis Temprosa
Francis Tom F. Temprosa is the professorial lecturer of refugee law at Ateneo de Manila Law School. He currently practices law and is the legal specialist (legal adviser) of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines.

The Carnegie Council's Asia Dialogues program gratefully acknowledges the support for its work from the Henry Luce Foundation.


Based in New York City and founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is an educational, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces lectures, publications, and multimedia materials on the ethical challenges of living in a globalized world.