Faculty Spotlight!

Yoshiko Takahashi, Associate Professor
Department of Criminology

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Dr. Yoshiko Takahashi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology. While teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, she coordinates the Victimology Option program and oversees the Victim Services Certificate program. Dr. Takahashi earned a Ph.D. in public policy, with an emphasis in criminal justice, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Previously, she worked as a management analyst in the Sheriff’s Office in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Her current research focuses on domestic violence and gender inequality issues among Asian communities in the United States and Southeast Asian student success in higher education. Her book, Victimology and Victim Assistance: Advocacy, Intervention and Restoration was published from Sage in December 2018. Dr. Takahashi is engaged in the local community but also active internationally. She is serving on the Board of Directors of the Central California Asian Pacific Women (CCAPW) in Fresno. She was elected to the Executive Committee of the World Society of Victimology (WSV) in 2015 and became the vice president in 2018.

Dr. Takahashi was born and raised in Kochi, Japan, which is a sister city of Fresno. Kochi is known for its affluent rich nature, agricultural, and fishing products but also has a popular summer festival, Yosakoi, which is one of the 10 largest festivals in Japan. She retains strong ties to her hometown and meets and greets delegates from Kochi who visit Fresno. Also, she is currently working with pro bono lawyers and victim advocates in Kochi to create crime victim protection laws there.

The best moments of her career include a trip to Hong Kong with her students. Dr. Takahashi and her colleagues took 13 students to the 16th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology 2018 in conjunction with a faculty-led study-abroad program in June 2018. Most of the students visited a foreign county for the first time and noted that the program was a memorable learning experience. One student noted that her experience with the international conference made her rethink that “We are privileged to live in country where we enjoy a large degree of safety relative to communities across other war-torn, corrupt countries. With this privilege, we must continue to work in pursuit of securing crime victims’ rights across the globe.”

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One teaching tip from me is to be proactive with reaching out to the students. My research on Hmong college students indicated that Hmong students did not significantly differ in their academic progress, but their perceptions of graduating in 4 or 6 years are significantly lower than other students who share a similar background. For these reasons, Hmong students feel they are responsible to support their parents and siblings. Also, those Hmong students lack a sense of belonging and feel that are not getting support from the school. As an instructor, cultural knowledge in the classroom and culturally sensitive pedagogy would help many students who struggle in balancing home responsibilities and academic success.

The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) is an amazing resource for faculty. I was able to learn so many technologies and new skills through DISCOVERe, the online teaching boot camp, Quality Online Learning and Teaching Summer 2016 Academy and more. Moreover, those workshops allowed me to meet the wonderful support staff of the CFE and professors across the campus. But the greatest help to me is the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) faculty fellow program, where I was able to analyze institutional data with OIE staff. I learned that the institutional data adds significant value to institutional knowledge and is an excellent guide for facilitating conversations around advocacy and developing programs tailored to the needs of students on campus and in the community. I would like to express my greatest thanks to the CFE staff.