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Kazuyo Kubo

Professor, Social Sciences Associate Chair

Kazuyo Kubo

Kazuyo Kubo specializes in the sociology of family, race and ethnic relations, and transnational studies. Her research examines the welfare of children and adoptive family formation, and how race influences U.S. parents' transnational adoption decisions and practices. 

Her areas of academic focus and expertise include family formation, adoption, and race and ethnic relations.

At Lesley, she teaches these courses:

  • Sociology of Family
  • Sociology of Aging
  • Transnational Family Formation
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Race in a Global Perspective
  • Research Methods

Kazuyo holds a BA and MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. 


  • “Desirable Difference: The Shadow of Racial Stereotypes in Creating Transracial Families through Transnational Adoption.” (2010). Sociology Compass, 4: 263-282.
  • With Ishizawa, Hiromi, Kenney, Catherine, and Stevens, Gillian. “Constructing Interracial Families Through Intercountry Adoption.” (2006). Social Science Quarterly, 87(5): 1207-1224.
  • Forthcoming “Producing Multiculturalism: Family Formation Through Transnational Adoption.”  In Obviously Family. Edited by Vilna Bashi Treitler. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.