Specialization: Modern Japanese Language, Culture, and Society
Personal Website: http://www.michaelveltri.com
Michael is researching social theories from Japan’s Edo to Showa period (1603 – 1989) and how they impact modern business and personal development practices at a national, regional, and transnational level. Specifically, he is studying the work of Ishida Baigan (1685 – 1744), Ninomiya Sontoku (1787 – 1856), and Nakamura Tempu (1876 – 1968). At this historical juncture, Nakamura Tempu’s thought is of particular interest, given his legacy of students who successfully applied his social theories, leadership principles, and self-improvement philosophies in business and life. That legacy includes, to name a few, the 19th Prime Minister of Japan, Hara Takashi; the founder of Panasonic Corporation, Matsushita Konosuke; and Sumo’s 35th Yokozuna, Futabayama Sadaji.
On a personal level, Michael is also a decorated U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, cancer survivor, and successful serial entrepreneur. He holds the rank of 5th degree black belt (shidoin/instructor) in the Japanese martial art of Aikido and a black belt in Brazilian Jujutsu. As such, his world view is filtered through the lens of his martial arts training. This training has taught the importance of tolerance, cooperation, inclusiveness, and patience — characteristics that greatly contribute to the diversity and growth of the UCSB graduate group and beyond.