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Yoshiko Takahashi, Ph.D.
Professor / Interim Associate Dean

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 ***Dr. Takahashi is currently serving as the Interim Associate Dean in the College of Social Sciences. Please click HERE to be redirected to their website.***


Biographical Sketch

Dr. Yoshiko Takahashi, associate professor of criminology, began her career at Fresno State in the fall of 2008. She has an M.S. in Criminal Justice and a Ph.D. in Public Policy with a Justice Concentration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her teaching specialties include, but are not limited to, Victimology, Research Methods and Comparative Systems of Criminal Justice. Along with teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, she coordinates the Victimology Option program and oversees the Victim Services Certificate program at the same institution. She received Fresno State’s Distinguished Achievement in Assessment of Learning Award in 2012–2013 and received a grant from the CSU Chancellor’s Office to study the academic success of Southeast Asian students in higher education in 2015-16.

Her current research focuses on domestic violence and gender inequality issues among the Hmong community in the United States, while serving on the Board of Directors of the Central California Asian Pacific Women (CCAPW). Another area of interest is the impact of aging in respective countries on one’s lifestyle and crime victimization. Born and raised in Japan, she maintains a close relationship with Asian countries; she was appointed as a member of the Board of International Advisors of the Tokiwa International Victimology Institute (TIVI) in Japan in 2014 and is assisting with the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) to survey female inmates in the Philippines.

Working Projects:

  •  Central Valley Crime Victimization Survey
  •  Disproportionate Minority Contact
  •  AB 109 Prison Realignment and Its impact on Recidivism
  •  Academic Success of Southeast Asian Students in Higher Education   (grant received from the CSU Chancellor’s Office)
  •  Gender and Culture in Transition: Hmong Community
  •  Crime and Response in Rural Japan (book chapter for a Routledge   International handbook of rural criminology)

Courses Taught:

  •     Victimology
  •     Family Violence
  •     Research Methods (Criminology Honors, Graduate)
  •     Comparative Systems of Criminal Justice
  •     Statistical and Computer Applications in Criminal Justice
  •     Juvenile Delinquency
  •     Criminology
  •     Professionalism in Criminal Justice