- Ph.D. in Anthropology and Education, Columbia University
- M.A. in East Asian Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- B.A. in Economics, Tohoku University (Japan)
Shinji Sato is the Director of the Japanese Language Program at Princeton University. He completed his Ph.D. in anthropology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University and specializes in educational and linguistic anthropology. His works critically examine self-evident notions in Japanese language education including learning, culture, communication, competence, and creativity. He also proposes alternative classroom practices.
Sato is the co-author of several publications, including Bunka, kotoba, kyoiku: Nihongo/nihon no ‘hyojun’ o koete [Culture, Language, and Education: Beyond Japanese “Standard”] (Akashi shoten, 2008), Syakaisanka o mezasu nihongo kyoiku [Japanese Language Education for the Global Citizens] (Hituzi shobo, 2011), Rethinking Language and Culture in Japanese Education (Multilingual Metters 2014), and Mirai o tsukuru kotoba no kyoiku o mezashite [Language Education for Social Future] (Koko Syuppan 2015). He is currently editing books on reexamination of "intercultural communication" in language education as well as critical content-based Japanese instruction.
Sato has taught Japanese at Columbia University, Harvard University, HIF (Hokkaido International Foundation), and Middlebury College Summer Language Program.
Nihongo de syakai to tsunagaro. Syakai sanka o mezasu nihong kyōiku nokatsudō syu 日本語で社会とつながろう：社会参加をめざす日本語教育の活動集 [Let’s participate and involve in a community in Japanese: Activities for Japanese Language Education for Global Citizens]. Edited by Miyuki Fukai, Yuri Kumagai, Shinji Sato and Keiko Konoeda (Sato third editor). Tokyo: Koko Shuppan. 2016
Mirai o tsukuru kotobano kyoiku: Naiyojushi no gengo kyōiku: Riron to sono jissen 未来を創ることばの教育をめざして：批判的内容重視の言語教育の理論と実 践 [Language Education for Social Future: Critical Content-Based Instruction (CCBI)]. Edited by Shinji Sato, Tomoko Takami, Uichi Kamiyoshi, and Yuri Kumagai (Sato first editor). Tokyo: Koko Syuppan. 2015
“Syakai komyuniti sanka o mezasu kotoba no kyoiku to metorolingarizumu 社会・コミュニティ参加をめざすことばの教育とメトロリンガリズム [Language Education for Global Citizens and Metrolingualism]” Riterashizu [Literacies], 16, 2015
Rethinking Culture and Language in Japanese Education: Beyond the Standard. Edited by Shinji Sato and Doerr Neriko (Sato first editor). Clevendon, U.K.: Mulltilingual Matters. 2014
“Kotoba no kyōiku no mezasu mono wa nani ka ことばの教育のめざすものは何か [What are goals of language education?]” Kokugo kyōiku Shisō Kenkyu [Research on National Language Thought], 6, 2014
Ibunka komyunikeisyon nōryoku o tou 異文化コミュニケーション能力を問う [Rethinking Intercultural Communicative Competence]. Edited by Shinji Sato and Yuri Kumagai (Sato first editor). Tokyo: Koko Syuppan. 2013