Professor Izumi Sakamoto is a former Fulbright Scholar, a Michigan Society of Fellows Associate Fellow, and a Community of Scholars Fellow of the Institute of Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan. Dr. Sakamotoís training and practice span North America and Japan, and she bri...
Professor Izumi Sakamoto is a former Fulbright Scholar, a Michigan Society of Fellows Associate Fellow, and a Community of Scholars Fellow of the Institute of Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan. Dr. Sakamotoís training and practice span North America and Japan, and she brings interdisciplinary perspectives from social work, social psychology, and cultural psychology.
Dr. Sakamoto's current program of research focuses on the areas of immigration, homelessness, and empowerment and anti-oppressive practice. Her research approaches include qualitative and mixed-method research, community-based participatory research, and arts-based research methodologies. With three grants from SSHRC as a PI, Dr. Sakamoto is conducting a program of research on the experiences of Chinese and South Asian skilled immigrants, exploring the negotiation of multiple identities, equity and access to social services, and the reconceptualization of acculturation and integration. With additional SSHRC funding, Dr. Sakamoto has recently led a collaborative knowledge-synthesis project of eight arts-informed, community-based, participatory research projects focusing on homelessness, which includes the mounting of a joint exhibition and other creative ways of research dissemination toward social change (Homelessness: Solutions from Lived Experiences through Arts-Informed Research). This work builds on and extends her earlier arts-based research project with community partners, Coming Together: Homeless Women, Housing and Social Support, which focused on the family-like social networks of women and transwomen who are homeless, paying special attention to the experiences of Aboriginal women and women of colour. In addition, she has successfully conducted several community-based research projects with diverse communities in the US, Canada, and Japan, for example, the culturally and linguistically appropriate civic engagement of ESL Chinese youths in Toronto; and the empowerment of women who are spouses of international students/scholars in Michigan.
Dr. Sakamoto has over 10 years of practice experience in community and direct practice settings as a generalist social worker, group worker, music therapist, community organizer, social work administrator, and researcher/consultant. Dr. Sakamotoís teaching interests include empowerment, anti-oppressive social work, qualitative research, community-based research, social work practice with organizations and communities, group work, globalization and transnationality, and critical international social work. She was the first International Student Coordinator at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (2004-2008).