Assistant Director for Japan and Korea Projects - Program for Teaching East Asia • National Consortium for Teaching about Asia staff
Center for Asian Studies


M.A., International Education

Regional and Thematic Interests

East Asia
Literature and the Arts


Catherine Higbee Ishida is Assistant Director for Japan and Korea Projects and NCTA Senior Staff Associate at the Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado Boulder. She holds a BA in Japanese language and literature with a certificate in East Asian Civilizations and an MA in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Maryland College Park. Her research and teaching focus on the integration of literature and social studies education and transcultural and transnational approaches to area studies. At TEA, Ishida teaches and administers professional development courses, study tours, and institutes for elementary and secondary teachers on such topics as Texts and Contexts: Japan through Children’s LiteratureCultural Encounters: Japan in World History, and Korea in the Modern World. She is an author and the chief editor of the online curriculum, Texts and Contexts: Teaching Japan through Children’s Literature.

Selected Publications

Cultural Encounters: Teaching Japan in World History online curriculum