Waka Takahashi Brown

Waka Takahashi Brown

  • Instructor and Manager, Stanford e-Japan
  • Curriculum Specialist

616 Jane Stanford Way
Encina Hall, E005
Stanford, CA 94305-6060

(650) 723-6784 (fax)


Waka Brown is a Curriculum Specialist for the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). She has also served as the Coordinator and Instructor of the Reischauer Scholars Program from 2003 to 2005. Prior to joining SPICE in 2000, she was a Japanese language teacher at Silver Creek High School in San Jose, CA, and a Coordinator for International Relations for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.

Waka’s academic interests lie in curriculum and instruction. She received a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University as well as teaching credentials and M.Ed. through the Stanford Teacher Education Program. 

In addition to curricular publications for SPICE, Waka has also produced teacher guides for films such as A Whisper to a Roar, a film about democracy activists in Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe, and Can’t Go Native?, a film that chronicles Professor Emeritus Keith Brown’s relationship with the community in Mizusawa, an area in Japan largely bypassed by world media. 

She has presented teacher seminars nationally for the National Council for the Social Studies in Seattle; the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia in both Denver and Los Angeles; the National Council for the Social Studies, Phoenix; Symposium on Asia in the Curriculum, Lexington; Japan Information Center, Embassy of Japan, Washington. D.C., and the Hawaii International Conference on the Humanities. She has also presented teacher seminars internationally for the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools in Tokyo, Japan, and for the European Council of International Schools in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

In 2004 and 2008, Waka received the Franklin Buchanan Prize, which is awarded annually to honor an outstanding curriculum publication on Asia at any educational level, elementary through university. In 2019, Waka received the U.S.-Japan Foundation and EngageAsia’s national Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award, Humanities category.


Working Papers
October 2007

The Shang Dynasty, 1600 to 1050 BCE

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Working Papers
October 2007

Introduction to Buddhism

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In The News

Speakers Kathryn Tolbert and Waka Takahashi Brown and webinar moderator Naomi Funahashi.

Japanese War Brides: Teaching History Through Multimedia Resources

A teacher professional development webinar featured Kathryn Tolbert and Waka Takahashi Brown.
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Miyu Kato at Stanford University

Where My Dream Begins

The following reflection is a guest post written by Miyu Kato, an alumna and honoree of the spring 2022 Stanford e-Japan Program.
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RSP honoree giving a presentation

20 Years of the Reischauer Scholars Program: Reflections and Legacies

Of the nearly 600 RSP alumni, many are engaged in Japan-related fields and U.S.–Japan relations.
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