H. Kerbo Prof. Social Sciences Department CPSU

Dr. Harold R. Kerbo, Professor of Sociology


Office: 47-12P

Phone: (805) 765-1150

Office Hours

Email: hkerbo@calpoly.edu


Current Research Interests and Projects:

Along with the many projects involving the Pacific Rim Group, Professor Kerbo has taken on a new writing/editing project with McGraw-Hill, is continuing research on Japanese transplant corporations in Southeast Asia, and is starting a new book on prostitution and sex slavery in Southeast Asia.

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

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 Thailand.

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.


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