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Guest speaker to answer the question: What makes people happy?

Dr. Hiroshi Ono will discuss findings from his book during guest lecture at Blinn College-Bryan

July 31, 2017

A sociologist and economist now teaching in Tokyo, Japan, will offer his insights into the secret of happiness during a special presentation Monday, Aug. 7, at the Blinn College-Bryan Campus.

Dr. Hiroshi Ono, Professor of Human Resource Management at the Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, will discuss his book, Redistributing Happiness: How Social Policies Shape Life Satisfaction, from 1-2 p.m. in Student Center Room F-120.

Co-authored by Kristen Schultz Lee, Redistributing Happiness draws upon international comparisons of data on happiness, offering general and academic audiences a deep and honest answer to the timeless question, “What makes people happy?”

Redistributing Happiness convincingly demonstrates the importance of social contexts for shaping individuals’ happiness and life satisfaction,” said Arne L. Kalleberg, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “This is a welcome and accessible contribution to social scientists’ growing interest in happiness studies.”

In May, Ono hosted two similar discussions of the book at Stanford University.

Formerly an Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M, where he maintains an affiliation, Ono specializes in economic sociology, work and labor markets, and happiness. He has held professional and academic positions in the United States, Japan, and Sweden, and his work integrates theory, evidence, and actual practice in his research and teaching. Ono is particularly interested in how globalization affects organizations and labor market institutions, and his research integrates sociology and microeconomics to study career mobility, commitment, compensation, and happiness.

Ono’s work has won a number of awards, including the Best Paper Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association and the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Top 20 Paper Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research. His papers have appeared in the American Sociological Review, Journal of Japanese and International Economies, Social Forces, Social Science Quarterly, and Social Science Research, among others.

Ono earned his Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering from Waseda University, and his Master of Arts and Ph.D in sociology from the University of Chicago. He was awarded docent in economics from the Stockholm School of Economics and docent in sociology from Stockholm University.