Our director

Hirokazu Miyazaki is a professor of anthropology at Cornell and the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies. 

As director of the Einaudi Center, Miyazaki is focused on strengthening the center’s function as a cross-campus hub for Cornell’s interdisciplinary international research and education, and on increasing its national and international impact. He also oversees the center's area studies and thematic studies programs.

Miyazaki was born in Tokyo and was trained in anthropology in Japan and at the Australian National University, where he earned a PhD as a specialist of Fiji and the Pacific Islands. He subsequently contributed to the establishment of the interdisciplinary field of the social studies of finance. He began teaching at Cornell in 2002. 

Miyazaki has published extensively on theories of exchange, futurity, and hope. His latest book, co-edited with Cornell sociologist Richard Swedberg, is The Economy of Hope, is a systematic investigation of hope across time, space, and socioeconomic circumstances. 

His previous book, Arbitraging Japan: Dreams of Capitalism at the End of Finance (University of  California Press, 2013), is an ethnographic study of Japanese derivatives traders and the utopian dreams animating their daily trading and life decisions. 

His first book, The Method of Hope: Anthropology, Philosophy, and Fijian Knowledge (Stanford University Press, 2004), is an ethnographic study of Suvavou people, the descendants of the original landowners of Fiji’s capital, Suva, and a chronicle of their effort to reclaim their ancestral land.

Miyazaki’s current research focuses on public and corporate debt and debt relations in post-Fukushima Japan. In addition to serving as the director of the Einaudi Center, he coordinates the center's Global Finance Initiative.