Takehiko Kariya is a Professor in Sociology of Japanese Society in the Department of Sociology and Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University and a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Tokyo. His research includes comparative sociology, sociology of education, and social change in postwar Japan. His recent publications include Increasingly Stratified Japan and the Educational Crisis and “Japan at the Meritocracy Frontier: From Here, Where?” (co-authored with Ronald Dore), in The Rise and Rise of Meritocracy, edited by Geoff Dench.