Phone: (805) 765-1150
Professor Kerbo is the general editor of the new Comparative Societies Series for McGraw-Hill, which will include about 10 books on major countries around the world. Two of these books, on the German society and the Japanese society, will be coauthored by Kerbo. The first five of the books in the Series will be published in late 1997, with the next five to follow a year later.
With a research grant from the World Society Foundation in Zurich, Prof. Kerbo is continuing research on Japanese transplant corporations and their relations with foreign employees in Thailand. During the summer of 1996 the research will be extended to Vietnam, and hopefully to other Southeast Asian countries in the future.
Over the past three summers in Thailand, Professor Kerbo has been gathering information about the increasingly serious problem of teenage prostitution in Thailand, as well as the new trend of many of these girls kept as virtual sex slaves. Interviews with some of the girls who have been helped to escape and the Thai agencies working to help these girls will continue during June through August of 1996. A book from these interviews and research will be forthcoming.
Dr. Kerbo also acts as the Tomodachi Kai
During 1996, Professor Kerbo's third edition of Social Stratification
and Inequality: Class Conflict in Historical and Comparative
Perspective was published by McGraw-Hill, as was a new book with John
McKinstry, Who Rules Japan?: The Inner Circles of Economic and
Political Power, by Greenwood/Praeger.
Past Research and Projects
In recent years, Prof. Kerbo has been a visiting professor at Duisburg
University, Germany, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, and a
visiting research Professor at
Silpakorn University, Thailand. During
1988-1989 he was a Fulbright professor at Hiroshima University in Japan,
and received a Fulbright-Hayes grant to attend the summer siminar at
Chulalongkorn University, in Thailand during 1991. Professor Kerbo is the
founding Director of the Pacific Rim Group at Cal Poly, which sponsors
various activities from faculty research to study trips to Thailand,
Japan, Vietnam, with China and other Pacific Rim countries to be included
for study trips in the future. Kerbo has received grants from the DAAD in
Germany, the World Society Foundation in Zurich, Center for International
Business and Education Research, San Diego State University, the U.S.
Department of Education, and a California State University Summer
Fellowship to do research on Japanese corporations in Germany and
During 1996, Professor Kerbo's third edition of Social Stratification and Inequality: Class Conflict in Historical and Comparative Perspective was published by McGraw-Hill, as was a new book with John McKinstry, Who Rules Japan?: The Inner Circles of Economic and Political Power, by Greenwood/Praeger.