Maiko Tamagawa Bacha is the instructor for the Stanford e-Kawasaki Program and Stanford e-KyuSan U (Kyushu Sangyo University, Fukuoka Prefecture) for the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE).
Prior to joining SPICE, she worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan for 14 years and served in Tokyo, Japan; Bangkok, Thailand; Vientiane, Laos; and San Francisco, United States. She has experience working in different areas of international relations, including disarmament of conventional weapons, United Nations affairs, Japan–Laos bilateral relations, and public diplomacy. In her most recent role as Advisor for Educational Affairs at the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, she had an opportunity to work closely with SPICE to support its Reischauer Scholars Program, an online course on Japan and U.S.–Japan relations for U.S. high school students.
Maiko received a BA in American Area Studies from University of Tokyo, and an MA in International Policy Studies from Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. She was born in Fukuoka, Japan, and grew up in Chiba, Japan.