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Masami Nishishiba, B.A., M.S., Ph.D.

Contact Information
Office: URBN 670 Q
Telephone: 503.725.5151


Masami earned her B.A. at Osaka University in Japan and went on to complete her M.S. and Ph.D. at PSU. She has taught graduate courses in organizational theory, organizational behavior, diversity in the workplace, intercultural communication, research methodology, and statistics.  Masami is also a trained Japanese-English conference interpreter, and has interpreted for President Jimmy Carter, Bill Gates, Phil Knight and many others.

Research Focus

Masami's research interests include issues of social diversity, civic capacity, and comparative local government.  As a methodologist, her specialty includes hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, and multidimensional scaling.

Community Engagements/Service

Masami has been engaged in community-based research and professional training for public agencies. She has directed the Japanese Municipal Officers Mid-career Training funded by the Tokyo Foundation. She developed and delivered a two-year Culturally Competent Management Certificate Training program for the City of Portland and conducted a cultural assessment for the City of Longview, Washington.

Publications & Awards

Nishishiba, M., Ingle, M., Tsukamoto, H., & Kobayashi, M. (in press). Project Management Toolkit: A strategic approach to new local governance [Chihou Gyoursei wo Kaeru "Project Management Toolkit": Jichitai Shokuin no Tameno Shin-Shigotojutus]. Tokyo, Japan: Gyosei. (expected page numbers, 360)

Nishishiba, M., Nelson, H.T., & Shinn, C. (2005). "Explicating factors that foster civic engagement among students". Journal of Public Affairs Education. 11, (4), 269-285

Nishishiba, M. & Ritchie, L. D. (2000). "The concept of trustworthiness: A cross-cultural comparison between Japanese and U.S. business people". Journal of Applied Communication Research. 28, (4), 347-367.