Yujiro Shimogori, Ph.D.

Yujiro Shimogori received a Master's degree in Education with emphasis in Human Development & Psychology from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. degree in Education with focus in Bilingual Education from San Diego State University. He is a 25 year veteran as a primary, secondary, and higher education educator and researcher in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Tokyo. Educated, lived and worked in Japan and the US, he maintains a professional English and Japanese proficiency level, as well as functionality in both cultures. His research interests include bicultural identity development, bilingualism, culturally relevant pedagogy, and second language acquisition. Shimogori enjoys visiting new places, taking long walks by the Chigasaki beach, and watching baseball, judo, kendo, and NFL games. He has a first degree black belt in Aikido, and a two star JUDF scuba diving license. His favorite quote is Si Se Puede (yes, it’s possible) and Dance a Happy Dance.

It is my mission to support individuals navigating through multiple cultures to achieve a high standard of academic and life strategies to become authentic, cross-cultural change agents of the world.

Yujiro Shimogori

Educational Background

Ph.D. Education, San Diego State University (SDSU) & Claremont Graduate University (CGU), 2013
Focus in Bilingual Education

Ed.M. Education, Harvard University, 1996
Program concentration: Human Development and Psychology

B.A. Psychology, Pepperdine University

High School Diploma, American School in Japan (Tokyo)

First to eighth grade, Nishimachi International School (Tokyo)


Higher Education Teaching Experience

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Part-Time Lecturer, 2017 - Present 

Temple University Lecturer, 2017 - Present 

Sophia University Part-Time Lecturer, 2018 - 2020 

2012 - 2016  Lectured, conducted research at California State University, Argosy University, Claremont Graduate University

K to 12 Teaching Experience

La Mesa Middle School, La Mesa, CA, 2010

Koka Gakuen Elementary School, Tokyo, JAPAN, 2005-2009
Director of English Program 

Nishimachi International School, Tokyo, JAPAN, 2001-2004
Japanese Language Arts Teacher & Third Grade Homeroom Teacher

El Marino Language School, Culver City, CA, 1997-2001
Public School Elementary Homeroom Teacher

Katoh Gakuen Elementary School, Numazu, JAPAN, 1996-1997, Substitute Teacher

Selected Presentations 

Shimogori, Y. (December 3, 2022). Neoterism: A new concept about co-existing with tradition and innovation. 20th Asia Pacific Conference, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu, Oita. 

Shimogori, Y. (August 4, 2022). Neoterism: A diverse mindset understands diversity. TEDx Tokyo International University, Saitama, Japan. 

Shimogori, Y. (March 5, 2022). Neoterism: Exploring bicultural identity transformation. Harvard University Alumni of Color Conference, Cambridge (Remote)

Shimogori, Y. (August, 2018). Emergence of global awareness through the conversion of two cultural identities. Annual Conference of The Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research, Tokyo

Shimogori, Y. (June, 2016). Defining global citizen for Japanese and dual-nationality students attending International school. Nishimachi International School, Tokyo

Shimogori, Y., & Crosthwaite, G. (December, 2015). Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and English Learners. California Education Research Association Annual Conference, Anaheim. 

Shimogori, Y. (April, 2014). Super bilinguals: Preserving one’s ethnicity as an agent for self-evolution. Annual California Association for Bilingual Education Conference, Anaheim 

Pang, V.O., Gay, G., Alvarado, J.L., Larke, P.J., Park, C.D., & Goodwin, A.L., & Shimogori, Y. (chair) (2013). The folklore of the achievement gap: The mythology of achievement data. Annual American Educational Research Association Conference, San Francisco

Shimogori, Y. (2011). Homogenizing the world and losing one’s ethnic identity. Annual California Association for Bilingual Education Conference, Long Beach

Shimogori, Y. (2010). Understanding the process and development of ethnic identity: Empowering children, youth, and … you! Annual National Association for Multicultural Education Conference, Las Vegas

Shimogori, Y. (2010). No gain without the brain. Los Angeles Regional California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference, Fullerton 

Shimogori, Y. (2010). Capturing the diversity of a middle school community – A solitary dialogue. Annual Action Research Conference at the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences, San Diego 

Shimogori, Y. (2008). Am I Japanese or American? Second language acquisition as a means for becoming a peacemaker – A constructive-developmental perspective. Annual Conference of Peace as a Global Language, Tokyo, Japan 

Shimogori, Y. (2007). Am I Japanese or American? Second language acquisition as a 
means for becoming a peacemaker – A constructive-developmental perspective. Annual 
conference of Peace as a Global Language, Kyoto, Japan 

Shimogori, Y. (2005). Second language acquisition as a means to initiate transformation. Indianhead International School, Seoul, Korea

Shimogori, Y. (2002). Second language acquisition as a means to initiate transformation. Nishimachi International School Tomo no Kai (PTA), Tokyo, Japan. (English and Japanese)

Shimogori, Y. (2001). Second language acquisition as a means to initiate transformation. 
Japan Conference of International Schools, Tokyo, Japan


Selected Publications

Shimogori, Y. (2023). Am I deficient or balanced?  Cross-Cultural Concinnity Theory (AKA Neoterism): Exploring a new perspective on bicultural identity development. Multilingual Educator (accepted)

Paik, S., Ganley, D., Luschei, T., Kula, S., Witenstein, M., Shimogori, Y., & Truong, K. (2015). Intercultural exchange among global educators: The case of the teaching excellence and achievement study abroad program. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 49,100-113.

Shimogori, Y. (2013). Cross-sectional, quantitative study on the Impact of Biculturalism 
on Self-Efficacy and Cognitive-Flexibility of Japanese Adults. (Doctoral Dissertation). San Diego, California: Montezuma Publishing.

Pang, V.O., Stein, R., Gomez, M., Matas, A., & Shimogori, Y. (2011). Cultural competencies: Essential elements of caring-centered multicultural education. Action in Teacher Education, 33(5-6), 560-574.

Pang, V.O., Shimogori, Y., Stein, R., Garcia, F., Gomez, M., & Matas, A. (2011). Chapter: “Multicultural Education: An Analysis from the 1970s to the Present.” In S. Totten and J. Pedersen (Eds.), Educating About Social Issues in the 20th and 21st Centuries: A Critical Annotated Bibliography (pp. 321-350). Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing.

Shimogori, Y. (2010). Realization of a dual language society in 2030: Evolution of bicultural education through the eyes of the Ochoa paradigm. Real Worlds Journal, winter issue, 4-10.