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Aya Ezawa

University Lecturer

Dr. A.E. Ezawa
+31 71 527 2548

Aya Ezawa is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

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My research explores the lives of individuals based on oral history interviews, to be able to connect individual life trajectories with their social and historical context. More concretely, I have explored the lives of single mothers in Japan, not only to shed light on the socio-economic consequences of pursuing a lifestyle outside of the married mother, and male breadwinner norm, but also to foster a better understanding of the gendered character of social class and social mobility. My most recent research focuses on the relationship between memories of WWII and the experiences and identities of children born across enemy lines during the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies. 



Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
M.Sc. in Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, UK
B.A. cum laude in Japanese Studies-Modern Society, Sophia University, Japan

University Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS Japan

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.03c


Diversity Officer

  • Bestuursbureau
  • Directie Strategie en Academische Zaken
  • Strategie en Academische Zaken

Work address

Oude UB
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Room number B.1.03



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