Dr. Rui Kohiyama


Dr. Rui Kohiyama obtained her BA from International Christian University, Tokyo. She then obtained an MA in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She received her PhD from the International Christian University.

A prolific writer and active member in various scholarly and professional organizations, Dr. Kohiyama’s research interests range from the history of Christianity in the US and Japan to women’s and gender histories in the two countries. She has done extensive research and published, among other things, on the history of the American women’s initiative in Christian ecumenical cooperation to promote women’s higher education in Asia.

At Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, she is a Professor at the School of Arts and Sciences, Division of Global Social Sciences, and the Department of International Relations.

In 2020, Dr. Kohiyama received the Nobuyuki Nakahara Prize from the Japanese Association for American Studies for her book in Japanese, Teikoku no Fukuin [The Gospel of Empire] (University of Tokyo Press, 2019).