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Current Cohort of Scholars

Aoi Ito 

Mr. Ito is a visiting Ph.D. candidate from the Okuma School of Public Management at Waseda University, Japan. He is performing research here at PSU from July 2011 to March 2012.  His primary area of focus is the operation of nonprofit organizations (NPO) in Portland, specifically the collaborative process between citizens, NPOs, government, and private entities.  When he is not focusing on this crucial work he is enjoying the local soccer community.

Katsuhiro Satoh, Professor

Dr. Satoh is a visiting professor of Public Administration from Hokkai Gakuen University in Sapporo, Japan.  He will be with the International Scholars program from August 2011 to February 2012.  While with the program his research will focus on the governing bodies of the Portland Metropolitan area and their methods for increasing citizen and community engagement.  He is also examining policy formation on the local level with the hope of deriving a usable model of citizen participation for local governments in Japan.

Xuejun Wang

Mr. Wang is a joint Ph.D. candidate in the School of Management at Lanzhou University, China. He began his work with Dr. Doug Morgan in the Hatfield School of Government in September 2010 and will continue until September 2012.  His research focuses on value-centered government performance management and leadership. After following the cooperative partnership between Lanzhou and PSU for more than five years, he decided to take part in public administration courses with a vision to improve public service performance – a central objective of both schools. When he is not studying, Xuejun greatly enjoys getting to know Portland.

Gwang Gu Yu

Mr. Yu is a Korean Government Long-term Overseas Studies Fellow from Ulsan, one of Portland’s sister cities.  He has been working with the Center for Public Service for a two-year period from June 2010 to June 2012.  His research focuses on emergency management, urban planning and sustainability at the local and regional government levels.  The work he has been doing while at PSU should be immensely beneficial for his official position as deputy director of the Division of Disaster Management and Safety for the Republic of Korea.