Mariko Yoshihara Yang

Mariko Yoshihara Yang, Ph.D.


616 Jane Stanford Way
Encina Hall, C338-C
Stanford, CA 94305-6060

(650) 498-2663 (voice)


 Mariko Yang-Yoshihara earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University and works as an instructor for the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). As a curriculum specialist, she utilizes design thinking and inquiry-based pedagogies to design, develop, and teach online classes that focus on entrepreneurial mindsets. As Affiliate Professor at Ritsumeikan University and Adjunct Lecturer at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, she has taught graduate courses on qualitative research methodology. Mariko is also a researcher at Keio Graduate School of Media Design, and most recently, has joined Hosei University as a Co-Lecturer, instructing a graduate seminar on global management. As a researcher, she investigates the career trajectory and mindset of individuals who do innovative work to advance science and technology. Her academic works can be found in the volumes published by the MIT Press, the Tokyo University Press, and Hakuto Shobo, as well as in the Journal of Science Policy and Research Management.

Most importantly, Mariko is a social entrepreneur who believes that education will empower the next generation by enabling innovative and participatory learning. In 2016, Mariko co-organized the Stanford-Silicon Valley U.S.-Japan Dialogue: Womenomics, the Workplace, and Women and published the final report. That same year, she co-founded SKY Labo, a Japanese non-profit organization to empower girls with “STEM + arts/humanities” (STEAM) education. SKY Labo’s inquiry-based program has successfully obtained the official support from the Gender Equality Bureau of Japan’s Cabinet Office in 2019. Mariko co-authored a book on STEAM education and Design Thinking, 世界を変えるSTEAM人材―シリコンバレー「デザイン思考」の核心 (Asahi Shimbun Publications, 2019), which has sold over 8000 copies and has been translated into Chinese from the Zhejiang People’s Publishing House (forthcoming). Mariko is an affiliate of the Silicon Valley Japan Platform, a member of the United States-Japan Council, and has served as a board member of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra since 2015.

In addition to her Ph.D., Mariko holds an M.A in Political Science from Stanford University, a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.A. in Literature from the University of the Sacred Heart in Japan.