Maiko Watanabe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


University of Warwick
Ph.D. of Sociology,
Sociology Department
Coventry, UK
September 2003 – September 2008
  • Thesis: “Social Acceptance of Antenatal Screening for Down’s syndrome in Britain:
    A Case Study on the Public Legitimization of Technology”
International Christian University
Bachelor of Arts,
College of Liberal Arts
Tokyo, Japan
April 1998 – March 2002



Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo
Visiting Scholar,
Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies
Tokyo, Japan
January 2018 – December 2019
  • Studied feminist science studies, focusing on the gender issues in the production of knowledge in biology. This study was led by her project to translate a book on the history of sex chromosome, written by Sarah S. Richardson at Harvard University, into Japanese. The translated book has published in October, 2018.
Japan Agricultural Cooperative
Assistant Staff, Department of International Relations
Tokyo, Japan
October 2017 – March 2019
  • Supported international affairs in the national agricultural cooperatives in Japan as a part time staff.
School of Medicine, Kitasato University
Visiting Scholar,
Center for Developing Medical Education and Research
Kanagawa, Japan
January 2018 – March 2019
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Visiting Scholar,
Department of the History of Science
Cambridge MA, USA
January 2016 – December 2017
  • Conducted a research on the construction of vision for Nuchal Translucency (NT), a visual marker introduced in 1992 for the prenatal diagnosis of Down’s syndrome, trucking “the conditioning of vision” for the NT from 1950, when the invention of ultrasonic device that enabled the visual observation of fetus was started, to the present. The research aims to explore the interaction of technology, society, and human in the construction of a vision to see NT, which did not exist before 1992, as a case to discuss how a vision to see life is socially conditioned.
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo
Senior Assistant Professor,
Komaba Organization for Educational Excellence
Tokyo, Japan
April 2015 – December 2015
  • Responsible for teaching a course on science literacy.
  • Produced an exhibition, “On Drawing Boundary”, which examined artistic representation of science, held between 25th of April and the 28th of June 2015 at Komaba Museum.
  • Co-organized a course, “Science, Disability, and Arts”, using the exhibition.
Assistant Professor, Komaba Organization for Educational Excellence
February 2014 – March 2015
  • Organized a workshop to engage with people with mental disability through arts.
  • Organized a lecture series by Professor Sandra Harding of the University of California, Los Angeles, held between 16th and 20th of December, 2014 at Komaba Campus of the University of Tokyo.
Interfaculty Initiatives in Information Studies, the University of Tokyo
Postdoctoral Fellow of Japan Society for Promotion of Science
Tokyo, Japan
April 2011 – February 2014
  • Conducted a research on the perspectives on Down’s syndrome in medical sciences and private sphere, which resulted in two papers and a chapter in a book.
  • Conducted a fieldwork at a rehabilitation center for people with prosthetic legs, which resulted in a chapter in a book
Institute of Medical Sciences, the University of Tokyo
Postdoctoral Fellow,
Department of Public Policy
Tokyo, Japan
April 2008 – March 2011
  • Organized four exhibitions on arts and sciences combined with science café, held between 2009 and 2011 at the Museum of Medical Sciences in the Institute of Medical Sciences of the University of Tokyo.
  • Co-edited a newsletter for participants of the Bio Banking Project.
Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kitasato University
Research Fellow,
Department of Clinical Genetics
Kanagawa, Japan
October 2006 – March 2008
  • Participated in the governmentally funded research project on the ethics of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests, which resulted in several papers.
Citizens’ Science Initiatives Japan
Research Fellow
Tokyo, Japan
October 2005 – September 2006
  • Participated in the governmentally funded research project on science for the needs of common people


  • Watanabe M. (2005) Society that selects the birth (Japanese), Citizens’ science Japan.
Edited Books:
  • Watanabe, M. and Tamai, M. (eds.) (2014), Antenatal Diagnosis and Us. Questions brought by the new antenatal diagnosis (Noninvasive prenatal genetic test). (Japanese), Seikatsushoin.
  • Watanabe, M. and Ueda, M. (eds.) (2008), Controversies on Enhancement: Advanced Technology to enhance body and soul. (Japanese), Shakai Hyoronsha.
Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals:
  • Watanabe, M. (2016), [Book Review] Tanaka, Y. : Science and Representation – History of “Bacteria”. Nagoya University Press. 271 pp.” Journal of Japan Society for History of Science 271, 194.
  • Watanabe, M. (2014), Gaze of Family in the Age of Antenatal Test. (Japanese) Family Relations Studies 33, 5-13.
  • Watanabe, M. (2014), Expertise and Human Life: What Should We Discuss about Prenatal Test Now? (Japanese) Science and Technology Studies, in press.
  • Watanabe M, Inoue Y, Chang C, Hong H, Kobayashi I, Suzuki S, and Muto K. (2011), For What am I Participating? The Need for Communication after Receiving Consent from Biobanking Project Participants: Experience in Japan. Journal of Human Genetics 56, 358-363.
  • Watanabe, M., Muto, K., Ohata, T., Fumio, T. (2010), Problems in the Regulation of Genetic Tests in Japan: what can we learn from direct-to-consumer genetic tests? Public Health Genomics 13, 327-335.
  • Watanabe, M., Ohata, N., and Takada, F. (2007), Regulation of Direct to Consumer Genetic Tests in the UK. (Japanese), Bioethics 17, 216-222. 
Chapters in Books (selected):
  • Watanabe, M. et al. (2015), Chp.4 Fitting Artificial Legs to a Human Body. (Japanese) in Sakura, O. (ed.) Future Perspectives on the Design of Man-Machine Systems. Tokyo University Press, 95-120.
  • Watanabe, M. (2014), Medical Narratives, Intimate Narratives: Thoughts on Antenatal Tests. (Japanese) in Watanabe, M. and Tamai, M. (eds.) Antenatal Diagnosis and Us. Questions brought by the new antenatal diagnosis (Noninvasive prenatal genetic test), Seikatsushoin, 61-82.
  • Watanabe, M. (2013), [Keywords] On citizens’ participation in science and technology. (Japanese), Nakamura, M. (ed.) Science and Politics after 3.11, Nakanishiya Shuppan, 120-122.
  • Watanabe, M. (2013), DNA analysis, Genetic business – various problems of genetic tests marketed directly to consumers. (Japanese) Tamai, M. and Matsuda, J. (eds.) Series on Bioethics, Genetics and Medicine., Maruzen Shuppan, 204-226.
  • Watanabe, M. (2011), Selecting technology, selecting persons: the question that antenatal diagnosis brings. (Japanese) in Tamai, M. and Otani, I. (eds.) Bioethics, Yuhikakusen, 61-76.


  • The Practice for Science and Technology Studies Award from Gushin Foundation through Japan Society for Science And Technology Studies (Tokyo, September 2012)