Faculty & Staff


Shintaro Kono, PhD

Assistant Professor

Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

About Me

I am a Japanese who enjoys playing badminton and watching sitcoms!


Ph.D., Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta, Canada, 2017

M.S., Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A, 2012

B.A., Department of Sports and Leisure Management, Tokai University, Japan, 2011


Dr. Kono's research revolves around the relationship between leisure engagement and subjective well-being. Specifically, he is interested in answering: How does leisure engagement increase participants' subjective well-being and why? He also examines this issue from a cross-cultural and non-Western perspective, by bringing in non-Western/English concepts such as ikigai (life worth living in Japanese). In addition, Dr. Kono has studied predictors of quality leisure engagement such as leisure constraints and constraint negotiation. He also utilizes a wide range of both qualitative (e.g., grounded theory, photo-elicitation) and quantitative (e.g., experiments, structural equation modeling) methods to address the said topics. 


RLS 100, Life Leisure and the Pursuit of Happiness

KIN 109, Statistics, Measurement, and Evaluation