IDRInstitute Directors

Milton J. Bennett Ph.D.

Dr. Milton J. Bennett served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia from 1968-1970, and returned to complete his doctorate in intercultural communication and sociology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree in psycholinguistics from San Francisco State University.

He was a tenured professor at Portland State University in Oregon, where he created their graduate program in intercultural communication, and he has been an adjunct faculty member of graduate-level intercultural programs at Antioch College of Yellow Springs, Ohio and the University of the Pacific of Stockton, California.

Ida Castiglioni Ph.D.

Dr. Ida Castiglioni is a professor of the sociology of cultural processes in the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca, where she is the president of the Programming and Management of Social Services and Public Policies graduate program.

She teaches intercultural communication in that program and cross cultural management and communication in the Management and Design of Services graduate program in the department of Economics and Economic Law of the same University. She has also taught in several graduate programs for other Universities in Italy and abroad, and she was a founder of the PhD program Sustainable Human Development involving Universities from Italy, Cuba, Nicaragua and Argentina.

Shizu Yamamoto Ph.D.

Dr. Shizu Yamamoto has been a professor of intercultural communication at Tokai University in Tokyo since 2013, and for the previous 15 years she taught communication-related courses at Aomori Public University in northern Honshū.

She has served as Vice President of SIETAR Japan (The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research), where she was a member of the Steering Committee and the Director of Internal Relations in previous years. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Japan Society for Multicultural Relations and chaired its 18th annual conference in Tokyo with the topic “Beyond the Dilemmas of Relativism: Towards the Realization of Multicultural Synergy.”