Dr. Suzuki is a Professor of International Studies, and affiliated with East Asian Studies and Global Health programs. He earned a B.A. in International Studies from Meiji Gakuin University in Yokohama, Japan, and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Minnesota. He has conducted field research in Bolivia, Japan (Okinawa), the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and central Ohio, U.S.A. He has published Embodying Belonging: Racializing Okinawan Diaspora in Bolivia and Japan (University of Hawai’i Press, 2010), and numerous other journal articles and book chapters on such topics as peace activism and tourism in Okinawa, politics of collective memory among the post-WWII Okinawan and Japanese repatriates from the colonial Micronesian territories, digital divide among the Bhutanese refugees in central Ohio, and survival and waiting tactics among the rejected asylum seekers in Japan.
He teaches courses in introductory International Studies, themes and approaches in International Studies, Senior Capstone Seminar, as well as the courses on migration and health, diversity and globalization of Japanese society, citizenship and rights of noncitizens, and memory and society.