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Akihiko Hirose, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Graduate Program Advisor

Email: Akihiko Hirose
Office Location: LSC 420P
Phone: (303) 315-2146
Fax: (303) 315-2149

Summer 2014 Office Hours

Contact by email for an appointment.

Areas of Expertise
Sociological theory, Organizational Sociology, Race and Gender


Education & Degrees

Ph.D., University of California, Riverside 
M.A., University of Colorado Denver 
B.A., University of Colorado Denver  



Dr. Akihiko Hirose is an assistant professor who specializes in the areas of general sociological theory, organizational sociology, race, and gender His primary research goal is to understand issues related to the relationship between structure and agency which, in principle, deals with the relationship between the constraining power of social structure and the resisting capacity of individuals. More specifically, Dr. Hirose is currently investigating: (1) the relationship between the concepts of the ‘other’ and the ‘self’ as a specific and critical example of the issue of structure and agency; and (2) relational organizational theories involving the concepts of social networks, embeddedness, and social capital in empirical investigations dealing with Asian American issues.

Select Publications

Hirose, Akihiko, and Kay Kei-ho Pih. 2009. “Men Who Strike and Men Who Submit: Hegemonic and Marginalized Masculinities in Mixed Martial Arts.” Men and Masculinities, DOI:10.1177/1097184X09344417.

Pih, Kay Kei-ho, Akihiko Hirose, and KuoRay Mao. 2010. “Gangs as Contractors: The Social Organization of Taiwanese Gangs in Southern California,” Trends in Organized Crime. 13: 115-133.

Courses Taught

SOCY 3020: Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
SOCY 3150 (Previously 4150): History of Sociological Theory
SOCY 3160 (Previously 4160): Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOCY 5014: Classical Sociological Theory
SOCY 5015: Contemporary Sociological Theory/ Theory Construction