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Meet Professor Masami Nishishiba
Meet Professor Masami Nishishiba

Name: Masami Nishishiba
Title: Assistant Professor
office: 670Q URBN
phone: (503) 725-5151

Masami Nishishiba is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Associate Director of the Center for Public Service in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, at Portland State University. She received her Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from Portland State University. She teaches graduate courses in research methods, statistics, diversity in the workplace, intercultural communication, organizational theory and organizational behavior in the Department of Public Administration in the Hatfield School of Government. She also teaches Japanese Interpretation Workshop in the Japanese language program in the Department of Wrold Languages. Her research interests include issues of social diversity, cultural competence, civic capacity, government-citizen interface, and comparative local government.

Dr. Nishishiba has co authored a Japanese/English bilingual book: Project management toolkit: A strategic approach to new local governance. The book is a product of the training program for managers from Japanese municipal government funded by Tokyo Foundation, which Dr. Nishishiba has been directing since 2003.

Dr. Nishishiba is also one of the top professional Japanese-English conference interpreters in the region. She has interpreted for President Jimmy Carter, Bill Gates (Microsoft), Phil Knight (Nike) and many others. She is a co-principal investigator for the Online Interpretation/Translation Skills-Building Modules for Japanese and Arabic project, a 3-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Education.