Eiko Ikegami

Board Member

Ikegami_Eiko_1.jpgEiko Ikegami is one of the founders of YHouse. She is the Walter A. Eberstadt Professor of Sociology and History at the New School for Social Research in New York City. In 1997, her publication “The Taming of the Samurai: Honorific Individualism and the Making of Modern Japan” won the Best Book Award On Asia from the American Sociological Association. Her 2006 work “Bonds of Civility: Aesthetic Networks and the Political Origins of Japanese Culture” won five book awards, including the Mirra Komarovsky Book Prize from the Eastern Sociological Association and the John W. Hall Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies.


Eiko’s main area of research is historical sociology.  Topics of particular interest are public spheres in comparative perspective; civility and state formation in Japan; identities, network, and social change.


  • Sociology
  • History
  • Japanese Studies
  • Network Analysis
  • Virtual Worlds
  • Autism