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Monica L. Miyashita

Monica L. Miyashita

Title: Assistant Lecturer
Dept/Program: History-Wayne
Office: Wayne College and Boyer HPE Bldg C126
Phone: 330/972-8700


Monica L. Miyashita has been teaching World Civilizations China and Japan since 1999, and Humanities in the Western Tradition I, since 2009. She has also taught business law. Monica earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and philosophy from Hiram College in 1994, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She studied French and Japanese at Kent State University as a post-undergraduate, and she earned a law degree from West Virginia University College of Law in 1998. Monica has practiced law for over 10 years, mainly in the areas of family law, adoption, and estate planning and administration. Monica currently serves as the Guardian ad Litem in paternity cases in the Wayne County Juvenile Court.

In March 2009, in memory of her daughter, Monica formed Lydia's Hope, a non-profit organization benefitting pediatric cancer patients and their families, research and cancer awareness. She is also the founder of the Cranes Project, a project of folding 1,000,000 cranes to raise awareness about pediatric cancer and its victims. Monica is the author of two ongoing blogs and is writing a book about her family's battle with pediatric cancer.

In her free time, Monica enjoys travel, cooking gourmet and Asian food, origami, knitting, needlecrafts, singing, watercolours and reading. She lives in Orrville with her husband Mark, their son Max and daughter Sarah-Grace; and their three cats: Agatha, Daisy, and Grizabella.


  • B.A., History and Philosophy Hiram College 1994
  • J.D. West Virginia University College of Law 1998


  • Humanities in Western Trad I