St. Lawrence County Branch AAUW presenting SUNY Potsdam professor with AAUW Research Award
Monday, October 25, 2010 - 11:02 am

POTSDAM – The St. Lawrence County Branch, AAUW, will present its fifth annual AAUW Research Award to Dr. Shiho Imai, Assistant Professor of History at SUNY Potsdam at its annual fall membership meeting Wednesday, Oct. 27 in the United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 28 Main St.

There will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. with the program by Imai to follow. She will discuss her research into her book, “Creating the Nisei Market: Japanese American Consumer Culture.” The meeting is open to the public, who are encouraged to attend.

Imai serves as core faculty of SUNY Potsdam's Women's and Gender Studies and East Asian Studies.

The local AAUW Research Award is given annually to a woman in St. Lawrence County who contributes significantly to academic research. AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and is a visible leader in equity and education through research, philanthropy, and measurable change in critical areas impacting the lives of women and girls.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Imai and her family moved to Bronxville, N.Y., when she was six years old.

Her family moved back to Japan when she was 11, but she returned to the United States during her junior year of college at Sophia University as an exchange student to Pomona College.

She continued her education in the states, receiving a M.A. from Tufts University and a Ph.D. from Brown University.

She has been in Potsdam since 2005, teaching Premodern and Modern Japanese History, U.S. History Since 1877, and specialized seminars. One seminar, "Imagining Asia: Intercultural Encounters Between the U.S. and Asia," examines the role of Asia in shaping American culture.

Membership in the St. Lawrence County Branch is open to anyone who supports the mission of AAUW.

AAUW's commitment to educational equity is reflected in its public policy advocacy, community programs, leadership development, conventions and conferences, national partnerships, and international connections.

For more information about AAUW locally, contact President Lisa Wilson at 353-2513 or e-mail lwilson17@aol.com.

AAUW, with its nationwide network of more than 100,000 members, more than 1,000 branches conducting programs in communities across the country, and 500 college and university partners, has been a leading advocate for equity and education for women and girls since 1881.