Steve is from Boston and lives near Kyoto with his Japanese wife. A full Professor for 22 years, he now lectures for Osaka Jogakuin University and the Japanese government international agency JICA. He has also been President of the World Association for Online Education since 1998. He has taught classes at three graduate schools including the national University of Tsukuba near Tokyo. At Kansai University from 2015-2020 he taught international ICT-related classes and was in a unique Faculty Development position. His CV lists 222 publications and 81 presentations, with Google Scholar finding more than 365 citations to his work. See the Project below for research areas, or visit his homepage Japanned at HC.


Steve studied physics and philosophy at Northeastern University, then Asian religions with a specialization in Japan for an M.A. degree from the University of Hawaii in 1986.

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Other Publications

Disruptive Technology and the Calling of Humanities and Social Sciences” (Keynote Address Paper). Prince of Songkla University, Thailand (2019).

Thailand e-Learning and Mobile Language Learning Workshop Report.” Asian Journal of Distance Education, 14 (1), 158-161 (August 2019).

Meeting Global Faculty Development Needs in Japan” (2019).

Implementing Mobile Language Learning Technologies in Japan (2017 book now also free online).

Social Media to Motivate Language Learners from Before Admission to After Graduation” (2010 book chapter now free).

Publications annotated in Japanese (筆者の日本語による著作リンク集)


Japanned homepage niches completed: Academic Life / eLearning / Japanology > government lecturesBilingualism / Teaching > ICT class homepage & syllabus > ICT & Japanese Society homepageJournalism / Multimedia – video, audio & supplementary readings / About Steve / Bio-data in JapaneseWritings & presentations in Japanese. NEW: Bilingualism and Japanese Society class homepage.

Anecdotes of Academia series Ask a Japanologist: “This is Asia: Exploring the Contrast between East Asian and Indo-Western Ways of Thinking”  (March 2020) | “Academic publications should broaden knowledge” (January 2020).

Global Shikoku Internet Project グローバル四国インターネットプロジェクト – From the late 1990s, published research and multilingual guidebooks to the pilgrimage island of Japan. Deep dives include Legend of the Woman Diver「海女」and an encyclopedia entry on Buddhist Syncretism in Japan.


Elected President since 1998 of the free academic NGO World Association for Online Education (WAOE FB Page / e-mail discussion list).

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