Adair Nagata

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Intercultural Communication Institute; Waseda U

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Adair Linn Nagata teaches intercultural communication and Personal Leadership: Making a World of Difference (sm) at graduate schools and in workshops. She is currently teaching at the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan and in the Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations (MAIR) program jointly offered by the Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI) and the University of the Pacific. She has just retired from being Professor of Intercultural Communication at the Graduate School of Intercultural Communication at Rikkyo University and has also taught at International Christian University (Tokyo), Tsuda College (Tokyo), and the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC).
After careers in international education and corporate training, communication, and organizational development in a global financial services company, she earned her Ph.D. in Human Development from the Fielding Graduate Institute (Santa Barbara, CA).
She is a past president of SIETAR Japan and has also served as Program Director, Annual Conference Co-Chair, and Journal Co-Director.
In her work on intercultural communication, she focuses on self-reflexivity and coined the term bodymindfulness, which emerged while doing her dissertation, which was a Mindful Inquiry (Bentz & Shapiro, 1998) about emotional resonance and presence utilizing phenomenology, hermeneutics, critical social theory, and the Buddhist notion of mindfulness. Both her personal and professional activities give her many opportunities to practice her motto, "Peace begins within."

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