Tomomi Kinukawa 's Biography
I was born and raised in the suburb of Tokyo.
While I was studying science at the University of Tokyo, I became interested in the social and cultural history of science.
I continued my study in the history of science and medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison , where I obtained M.A. and Ph.D.
While in Madison, I also taught and took courses in the Women's Studies Program.
For my dissertation project I conducted research in Leiden, Amsterdam, Hague, London, and Nurnberg.
Before I joined the history department at UOP in 2006, I taught at Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, and Drexel University.
During my graduate years in Madison, I experienced a great transformation in my worldviews, largely through my personal encounter with teachers who taught me the importance of history through both their intellectual work and their activist engagement for social changes.
Working as a teaching assistant for a Women's Studies course, Women and Their Bodies in Health and Disease, which professors had developed over twenty years in cooperation with many graduate assistants and local and national activists, also taught me how much productive energy could be generated by an encounter of diverse perspectives over generations.
Those experiences made me realize the significance of higher education and led me to the decision to pursue a career that would enable me to combine research and teaching.