School of Leadership Studies

The Scholar-Practitioner at Fielding: Leadership for Individual and Social Transformation

In the School of Leadership Studies, students learn theory, engage in research, and create new knowledge to shed light on today’s most pressing issues. Our school offers students the opportunity to become effective change agents. Recognizing the interconnections between individual, educational, organizational, and community development, we take a systemic, multidisciplinary approach to the study and practice of leadership.

Fielding Graduate University

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Santa Barbara, California 93105
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David Blake Willis, PhD

Summer Session 2021 / David Blake Willis, PhD
David Blake Willis, PhD

David Blake Willis, PhD


David Blake Willis is a professor of anthropology and education in the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University. He taught anthropology and sociology at Soai Buddhist University, Osaka, Japan, from 1986-2009. From 2006-2007, he taught classes and did research at the Nissan Institute and St. Antony’s College as a Senior Associate Member at the University of Oxford. His publications include “Reimagining Japanese Education: Borders, Transfers, Circulations, and the Comparative” (Oxford Series in Comparative Education, Symposium, 2011), with Jeremy Rappleye; “Transcultural Japan: At the Borders of Race, Gender, and Identity,” with Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu (Routledge, 2007); and “Japanese Education in Transition 2001: Radical Perspectives on Cultural and Political Transformation” (Shannon, Flinders University, 2002), with Satoshi Yamamura. His research and writing concerns human development and education over the lifespan in transnational contexts, the creolization of cultures, social justice, comparative education, citizenship, international schools, transcultural communities, transnational diaspora, Creoles, transformative adult education, aging in cross-cultural perspective, and Dalit liberation movements in South India.