Academic Agenda
Monday, September 25- Sunday, October 1, 2023
Dr. Kei Nomaguchi

This is my 4th year serving as Graduate Coordinator in the Sociology PhD program, and my 2nd as Chair of the Graduate Curriculum Review Sub-Committee for Graduate Council. I enjoy working with graduate students in my seminars on Family Theory and Research, and Gender in Families, their thesis and dissertation, or my research on parenting, work-family conflict, and the well-being of parents and children. You bring so much energy and excitement, and new perspectives, to my day-to-day work!

I grew up in the Tokyo area and came to the U.S. to earn my PhD in Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. When I arrived at Dulles Airport, I had no idea how unprepared I was. Without the support from my professors and fellow graduate students, I could not have made it through the intense, formative 6 years. Upon graduation, I moved to Canada to take a post-doc position at the University of Calgary and then joined the faculty of Northern Illinois University before coming to BGSU. 

Twenty-five years ago, nobody imagined that I would be a professor in a small town in Ohio, happily raising a gourmet, ice-skating artist who needs a chauffeur from 5:30 a.m. (We are night owls.) “Mujo” in Japanese means nothing stays the same. Recently, as my daughter obtained her driver’s license, I suddenly found “spare” time that I had not had for the past 16 years. I decided to do something very new—I started taking ballet lessons for the first time in my life. Never say never!