Tanaka holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from
Her research focuses on the role of science in social
transformations of the agri-food systems, moral and ethical
issues surrounding food safety governance, and transformations
of East Asian societies.
Her work has been published by both Japanese and English journals, including Rural Sociology, Sociologia Ruralis, and Agriculture and Economy (Japanese). She is an international consult on three separate research teams funded by the Japanese government. Between 2001 and 2003, she was elected co-Chair of the Sociology of Agriculture Interest Group of the Rural Sociological Society. In the 2005-06 academic year, she served on the RSS Council as the Chair of the Membership Committee.