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Mariko Yoshihara Yang

Mariko Yoshihara Yang, Ph.D.


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

(650) 498-2663 (voice)


Dr. Mariko Yoshihara Yang is the instructor for the online course on entrepreneurism for the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). The course is specially designed for the students at the Prefectural University of Hiroshima (PUH) and other colleges in Hiroshima. As an Affiliate Professor at Ritsumeikan University and as the Adjunct Lecturer at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, she has taught graduate courses about how qualitative methods are applied in innovation studies. Most recently, she joined Hosei University as a Co-Lecturer, teaching units in global management with a focus on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Silicon Valley.

Mariko also conducts research on topics that intersect individuals, institutions, and technological innovations. 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. In 2016, she served as the Japan Program Fellow (visiting scholar) at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), where she co-organized the Stanford Silicon Valley U.S.-Japan Dialogue 2016 “Womenomics, the Workplace and Women” and contributed to the final report.

Most importantly, Mariko is passionate about nurturing a new generation of women and men into catalysts who bring about more innovation and creativity. In 2016, she co-founded SKY Labo, a non-profit educational organization which inspires young girls in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). SKY Labo’s program targeting middle and high school students has successfully obtained the official support from the Gender Equality Bureau of Japan’s Cabinet Office in 2019. To help foster the “STEM + arts/humanities” (STEAM) Education, Mariko recently co-authored a book in Japanese, 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), with Dr. Rie Kijima. The authors will co-instruct a course on STEAM and Design Thinking at the Stanford Summer Arts Institute in 2020.  

Mariko holds an M.A and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. She received a B.A. magna cum laude in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.A. in Literature from the University of the Sacred Heart in Japan.