Kanae Omura Armstrong, Ph.D.

Acting Chair and Associate Professor of General Education and Liberal Arts

Kanae Omura is Associate Professor and Acting Chair of the Department of General Education and Liberal Arts at the University of the West. She earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Ochanomizu, Tokyo, Japan. She has her BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies and MA in Education. After receiving her doctorate, she was a Post-Doctoral visiting scholar at the Latin American Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Her interdisciplinary research focuses on indigenous cultures in Mexico with special focus on the role of ‘arte popular’ in the formation of national identity, and the intercultural relationship between Mexico and Japan.

She teaches courses on art and anthropology, ethnicity and national identity, and Japanese language and culture. She enjoys traveling with her husband, Steve and her daughter, Sophia and trying different types of local foods. She is also a musician and performs at Japanese cultural festivals in Los Angeles.