Julian Dierkes serves as the Associate Director of the Centre for Japanese Research at UBC. His past work has examined portrayals of the nation in history education in postwar Japan and the Germanys, as well as the organizational structure of large U.S. corporations. Julianís current research focuses on Japanese education, specifically on educational reform.
Together with Mayumi Saegusa, Julian is also examining curricular change in connection with the establishment of graduate law schools in Japan in 2004. This project is part of a larger project on Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution in Canada, China and Japan which examines the spread of formal dispute resolution mechanisms in international trade and human rights disputes.
Julian received his Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University after previously studying at the University of California at Berkeley. He came to UBC in 2002 after holding the Daiwa Anglo- Japanese Foundation Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. Julian has some consulting experience in market intelligence for Germany and Japan, as well as in issues surrounding the portrayal of Japanese history. He has also offered his expert opinion in some disputes involving Japanese corporations in North America.