Hirokazu Miyazaki

Nonresident Fellow, Global Cities

Areas of expertise: Global Cities


Hirokazu Miyazaki is a professor of anthropology and the Kay Davis Professor at Northwestern University. Before joining Northwestern University in July 2018, Miyazaki taught at Cornell University for 16 years and served as the director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies from July 2015 until June 2018. Miyazaki is also currently serving as Peace Correspondence for Nagasaki.

Miyazaki is a cultural anthropologist specializing in theories of exchange, hope, and futurity, and has studied land issues in Suva, Fiji’s capital, the Tokyo financial markets, and Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s global efforts for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Miyazaki is the author or editor of several books, including The Method of Hope: Anthropology, Philosophy and Fijian Knowledge (Stanford University Press, 2004), Arbitraging Japan: Dreams of Capitalism at the End of Finance (University of California Press, 2013), The Economy of Hope (with Richard Swedberg; University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017) and Reconsidering the US-Japan Friendship Doll Exchange of 1927: Tokyo, Nagasaki, Rochester (in Japanese; with Hiroaki Koresawa and Jun Inoue; Seori Shobo, 2019).