教授になる道のり in アメリカ

30代の中年のおっさん(日本の高卒)が人生最大の会心の一撃で2016年の4月に第一志望だったカリフォルニア大学バークレー校に合格!!カリフォルニア州のコミュニティ・カレッジで教授になるまでの日々や思考を綴ったブログ。

新学期が始まった(学術研究のクラスにApply)

つかの間の休みも終わり先週から新学期が始まった。今学期から一年間はURAP(Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program)というUCバークレーの学部生に学術研究への興味や関心をより深く関与させることを目的としているプロジェクトのクラスを取っていく。 バークレーの学部生達が世界的に有名な最先端の研究プロジェクトについて教授達や大学院生達と緊密に協力する機会を得ることが出来る。更に世界トップレベルの研究に携わる知的コミュニティの一員になれるという事や、特別な関心分野での知識とスキルを深めることが出来るので本当に魅力あるプログラムである。

 

大学院での研究課程の準備も兼ねて学術研究の経験を積み重ねていきたい僕にとってはまさにベストなプログラムである。

 

このURAPは自分が参加したいプロジェクト(クラス)を好き勝手に取れるわけではなく、「Statement of Interest」(簡単に言えば論文{Essay}でなぜこのプロジェクトに興味があるのかを述べる)を提出し、数週間後に合否が発表される。一学期に3つのプロジェクトまでApply出来るシステムになっており、良いクラスが沢山あるので3つに絞り込む作業は結構頭を悩ませた。

 

 

以下、今学期にApplyした3つのプロジェクトを簡潔ではあるが紹介したい。

 

 

第一希望 Comparative Literature: 比較文学(中華民国の貴重書の翻訳)

以下の文章(プロジェクトの説明)はURAPWebsiteからの引用。

 

Sophie Volpp, Professor
Preservation of Rare Books in Republican China/Objects of Western Import in Eighteenth Century China.

I am engaged in two projects. One concerns attempts to preserve China's cultural heritage by saving rare books from capture by the Japanese army during the Sino-Japanese war. Since English-language sources are somewhat limited, reading knowledge of Chinese or Japanese would be a big plus. The undergraduate student would work in a team with myself and a graduate student to engage in translation of documents and compile a bibliography. The other project concerns use of objects imported from the west in eighteenth century China (the project may extend later to objects imported from Japan and Southeast Asia). I will be writing about the representation of objects of western import in the eighteenth-century novel The Story of the Stone (Honglou meng). We will be thinking about the global circulation of goods during the eighteenth century; an interest in economics, world history, or art history would be helpful.


第二希望 Political Science: 政治学(日本とアメリカの市場統治)

 

Steven Vogel, Professor

Market Governance in the United States and Japan

I will be actively working on several projects in Fall 2017.
1) I have recently completed a book entitled Marketcraft: How Governments Make Markets Work, to be published in February 2018. It looks at the specific laws, regulations, practices and norms that govern markets. I will need to make some final updates and fact checks while the book is in press. I will also be working on PowerPoint presentations related to the book.
2) I am working on three journal articles on the following topics: a) the digital economy as a challenge to regulation, b) Japanese corporate governance reform, and c) Japanese labor market reform.
3) I am also beginning work on a new project that will engage core theoretical debates in political economy (such as the relationship between markets and freedom and between markets and inequality), and bring empirical evidence to bear on these debates.

For the Marketcraft project, the student (or students) will help to update case information and quantitative data, check facts, and create PowerPoint slides.
For the digital economy article, the student will help me to improve my current draft by researching technological and regulatory developments, and writing up short memos.
For the Japan articles, the student will help me to prepare for a research trip to Japan in September, to gather basic data and information on corporate governance and labor reforms in Japan, and write up short research memos reporting findings and ideas.
For the new project, the student will research particular topics, write up short research memos, and gather and compile quantitative data.

 

第三希望 English: 英文学(スペイン語を英語に翻訳{奴隷の証言})

 

Bryan Wagner, Professor
Translating Slave Testimonies from Spanish and French.

Apprentices needed for the fall semester. This project involves translating testimonies given by slaves accused of conspiring to revolt. The testimonies are in French and Spanish. We will be working mostly with typescripts and in some cases with original manuscripts. We will also be integrating the new translations into an online digital edition of primary materials related to Louisiana Slave Conspiracies. This project will appeal to students with interests in law, language, history, and African American Studies. Translating, and in some cases, transcribing testimonies.

 

 

 

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