Makiko Oku

Makiko Oku

Program Leader, Gender Program

makikoku@rutgers.edu

 

 

Makiko Oku is the Gender Program Leader and Visiting Scholar at CGHR. Her research and advocacy work center on gender, violence, and human rights. She has worked on issues pertaining to sexual and gender-based violence in armed conflict; reconciliation (or lack thereof) of “comfort women” in Asia; and victimhood and memorialization in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She is also interested in women's advancement and empowerment in Japan. She is currently working to launch a device or product that prevents or stops sexual violence, collaborating with innovators through design thinking. She received her Ph.D. in Global Affairs from Rutgers University 2011. Her dissertation is entitled "Shades of Life and Death: Biopolitics and Liminality of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Armed Conflict" in which she explores gendered violence in armed conflict from a biopolitical perspective and examines how the victims are rendered in a discursive space beyond life and death. It is being edited for publication.