Cohort II Participants (2012-2014):
- Celeste Arrington, Assistant Professor, George Washington University
- Emma Chanlett-Avery, Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service
- Erin Chung, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University
- Annika A. Culver, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
- Dyron Dabney, Assistant Professor, Albion College
- Linda Hasunuma, Assistant Professor, Franklin and Marshall College
- Jeffrey Hornung, Associate Professor, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
- David Jänes, Director of Foundation Grants and Assistant to the President, United States – Japan Foundation
- Weston Konishi, Associate Director of Asia-Pacific Studies, Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis
- Kenji Kushida, Research Associate, Stanford University
- Mary McCarthy , Assistant Professor, Drake University
- Kenneth McElwain, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
- Andrew Oros, Associate Professor, Washington College
- Gene Park, Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount University
Cohort I Alumni Participants (2010-2012):
- Daniel Aldrich, Associate Professor of Political Science, Purdue University
- James Gannon, Executive Director, Japan Center for International Exchange
- Mary Alice Haddad, Associate Professor of Government, Wesleyan University
- Ken Haig, Assistant Professor of Political Studies, Bard College
- Llewelyn Hughes, Assistant Professor, George Washington University
- Kathryn Ibata-Arens, Associate Professor, DePaul University
- Jennifer Lind, Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College
- Phillip Lipscy, Assistant Professor, Stanford University
- Mark Manyin, Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service
- Matthew Marr, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Florida International University
- Sherry Martin Murphy, Foreign Affairs Research Analyst, U.S. Department of State
- Robert Pekkanen, Associate Professor, University of Washington and Associate Professor at the University of Tsukuba
- Kay Shimizu, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
- Mireya Solis, Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies, Senior Fellow, Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution and Associate Professor at American University
- Nicholas Szechenyi, Deputy Director and Fellow, Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Network for the Future Cohort II participant bios:
Celeste Arrington is the Korea Foundation assistant professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. She specializes in comparative politics, with a regional focus on the Koreas and Japan. Her research interests include civil society, social movements, democratic governance, law and society, policy-making processes, the media and politics, and qualitative methods. She is also interested in the international relations and security of Northeast Asia and transnational activism. She is currently completing a book manuscript on victim redress movements and governmental accountability in South Korea and Japan.
Dr. Arrington earned a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and an AB from Princeton University. She was an advanced research fellow in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University in 2010-2011. During the 2011-2012 year, she was a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
Emma Chanlett-Avery is a specialist in Asian affairs in the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade division of the Congressional Research Service. She focuses on security issues in the region, including U.S. relations with North Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Singapore. Ms. Chanlett-Avery joined CRS in 2003 through the Presidential Management Fellowship. She has also held positions in the State Department in the Office of Policy Planning and on the Korea Desk, as well as at the Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group in Bangkok, Thailand. Professional and academic fellowships include the Amherst-Doshisha Fellowship, the Harold Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in advanced Japanese, the American Assembly Next Generation Fellowship, and a U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grant from the U.S. Department of State. She has served on the Council on Foreign Relations Working Group on the U.S.-Japan Alliance and the Mansfield Foundation Task Force on Creating a Contemporary U.S.-Japan Vision for Shared Progress and Prosperity.
Ms. Chanlett-Avery received an MA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and her BA from Amherst College.
Erin Chung is the Charles D. Miller associate professor of East Asian politics and co-director of the Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship Program in the department of political science at Johns Hopkins University. She was an advanced research fellow at Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relation, a Japan Foundation fellow at Saitama University in Urawa, Japan, and a visiting research fellow at the University of Tokyo and Korea University. Her research interests include international migration, comparative ethnic and racial politics, citizenship, and civil society. Her first book, Immigration and Citizenship in Japan (Cambridge University Press, 2010), examines how the strategic interaction between state efforts to control immigration and grassroots movements by multi-generational Korean resident activists to empower the foreign community have shaped contemporary immigration and citizenship politics in Japan. In 2009, Dr. Chung was awarded an Abe Fellowship by the Social Science Research Council to conduct research in Japan and Korea for her second book project, Immigrant Incorporation in East Asian Democracies.
Dr. Chung received her PhD in political science from Northwestern University.
Annika A. Culver serves as assistant professor of Asian history and Asian studies coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). She has also taught at the University of Chicago, Skidmore College, and Beijing University, with research and teaching interests in Japanese cultural imperialism, wartime Sino-Japanese cultural relations, and U.S.-Asian interactions since the mid-19th century. She has published articles, essays on teaching, and book reviews for History Compass, U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal (USJWJ), Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs (SJEAA), Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians (JNCAH), Association for Asian Studies Newsletter, and Perspectives (Overseas Young Chinese Forum), and has a forthcoming book entitled Japanese “Avant-Garde” Propaganda in Manchukuo: Modernist Reflections of the New State, 1932-1945.
Dr. Culver received a BA from Vassar College and her MA in regional studies East Asia from Harvard University. She was a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow at Waseda University and holds a PhD in modern Japanese intellectual history from the University of Chicago.
Dyron Dabney is an assistant professor in the department of political science at Albion College in Michigan. His research and teaching interests include campaigns and elections, political parties, political participation, and elite politics. While specializing in Japanese politics, Dr. Dabney’s research and teaching interests invite comparative analysis of East Asian politics and culture and American politics. Dr. Dabney’s present-day research is motivated and informed by interdisciplinary studies that bring into focus gendered differences in political participation and behavior. His current research projects include an examination of spousal participation effects on election campaign outcomes in Japan and the U.S. and gender and election campaign corruption in Japan and the U.S.
Dr. Dabney holds a PhD in comparative politics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He currently serves as a board of directors member of ASIANetwork, and is an advisory committee member and the 2011-2012 resident director for Japan Study at Waseda University, Tokyo.
Linda Hasunuma is an assistant professor of Government at Franklin and Marshall College. She teaches courses on comparative and international politics, gender and politics, and the domestic and international politics of East Asia. Dr. Hasunuma’s research research interests include the evolution of Japan’s central-local relations and Japan’s relations with its regional neighbors. She is currently working on a project that examines how local level actors and interests are creating new opportunities and networks for cooperation, investment, and economic revitalization in the region, especially between South Korea and Japan. Future projects will focus on the political, diplomatic, and economic relations between Japan and South Korea, and Japan’s role in the region.
Dr. Hasunuma received her BA and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles with concentrations in comparative politics and international relations.
Jeffrey Hornung is an associate professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu, HI. He concurrently holds the position of Adjunct Fellow with the Office of the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. His area of expertise includes East Asian security issues, primarily those related to Japan and the U.S.-Japan alliance. His interests at APCSS focus on maritime security. Prior to joining APCSS, Dr. Hornung served as a postdoctoral researcher at the Ohio State University’s East Asian Studies Center, where he taught courses on the international relations of Japan, government and politics of Japan, and international relations of East Asia. Previously, he served as a research assistant at George Washington University for a project entitled Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific.
In addition to three years of teaching English in Japan, Dr. Hornung also worked for a member of the House of Representatives during the 2001 House of Councilors election. Additionally, he spent 15 months on a Fulbright Fellowship conducting his doctoral research at the University of Tokyo, where he was a visiting scholar.
Dr. Hornung received his PhD in political science from the George Washington University. He received his BA in political science and international affairs from Marquette University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Dr. Hornung also holds an MA in international relations with a concentration in Japan Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
David Jänes is the director of foundation grants and assistant to the president at the United States-Japan Foundation. He also works on broader Asia-wide projects including U.S.-Japan-China relations. During his tenure at the Foundation, Mr. Jänes created the Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Awards and founded the Reischauer Scholars Program that is directed by Stanford University. Previously, Mr. Jänes served as director of college and university relations for the International Partnership for Service-Learning & Leadership. Mr. Jänes is a trustee of the Japan ICU Foundation; a board member of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center; a board member of Saeko Ichinohe and Company, Inc.; a Scott M. Johnson Fellow of the United States-Japan Leadership Program; and a Fellow of the British-American Project.
Mr. Jänes holds a BA from Mary Washington College where he graduated summa cum laude, an MA in Asian religions from the University of Hawaii, and an MA in international affairs and a certificate in the advanced study of nonviolent conflict from the Fletcher School. Mr. Jänes is also a graduate of the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Japan. Mr. Jänes is concurrently pursuing a doctorate in sociology at The New School for Social Research, where he is focusing on civil society in Japan.
Weston Konishi is director of Asia-Pacific studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA), where he specializes in Japan and Asia policy issues. Before joining IFPA, he was an adjunct fellow at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. In 2009, he served as an analyst in Asian affairs at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), authoring Japan’s Historic 2009 Elections: Implications for U.S. Interests, the first report to Congress focusing on the Democratic Party of Japan. He was also principal author of the CRS report, South Korea: Its Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy Outlook. From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Konishi was a Council on Foreign Relations/Hitachi International Affairs fellow in Japan, conducting research on Japanese foreign and defense policies at the Tokyo-based Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS) and the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS). From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Konishi served as director of programs at the Mansfield Foundation, where he oversaw the Foundation’s exchanges, policy dialogues, research projects, and development activities. From 2000 to 2008, Mr. Konishi was a monthly contributing columnist on regional affairs for The Daily Yomiuri.
Mr. Konishi received his BA and MA from the International Christian University in Mitaka, Tokyo, where he was awarded a Monbusho (Ministry of Education) Scholarship. He is a member of the United States Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (USCSCAP) and a participant in numerous leadership forums, including the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Society.
Kenji Kushida is the Takahashi Research Associate in Japanese Studies at the Stanford University Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. Kushida’s research interests are in comparative political economy, mainly on Japan with comparisons to Korea, China, and the United States. He has four streams of academic research and publication: 1) institutional and governance structures of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster; 2) political economy issues surrounding information technology; 3) political strategies of foreign multinational corporations in Japan; 4) Japan’s political economic transformation since the 1990s. He has also written two books in Japanese entitled Biculturalism and the Japanese: Beyond English Linguistic Capabilities (2006) and International Schools, an Introduction (2008).
Dr. Kushida received his PhD in political science from the University of California Berkeley, where he was also a graduate researcher with the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy. He received a BA and MA in East Asian Studies from Stanford University.
Mary McCarthy is an assistant professor at Drake University. Dr. McCarthy joined the politics department in the fall of 2007. Her research and teaching interests include the influence of domestic politics on foreign policymaking, the interaction between the state and the market, the relationship between bureaucrats and politicians, the role of the media in the political system, and the impact of environmental degradation and resource depletion on international and national security. Her regional focus is East Asia.
Dr. McCarthy received her MA and PhD degrees in political science, as well as her BA degree in East Asian studies, from Columbia University.
Kenneth McElwain is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. He studies the comparative politics of institutional design, particularly in Japan and other advanced industrialized democracies. His current book manuscript examines how partisan incentives influence the initial selection and subsequent manipulation of electoral systems, and how these choices can help unpopular governments to stay in power. Other research topics include the organizational principles of political parties and the procedural complexity of constitutional amendments. Dr. McElwain’s work is motivated by a general interest in asymmetrical party systems: legislatures where one large party coexists with multiple small parties. These cases represent idiosyncrasies in “normal” forms of party competition and have distinctive patterns of government composition, policy, and longevity.
Dr. McElwain joined the political science faculty at Michigan in fall 2008, following post-doctoral appointments at Stanford and Harvard. He was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and he received his A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He received his PhD from Stanford University.
Andrew Oros is an associate professor of political science and international studies at Washington College. He is the author of Normalizing Japan: Politics, Identity, and the Evolution of Security Practice (Stanford University Press, 2008), co-author of Global Security Watch Japan (Praeger Press, 2010, with Yuki Tatsumi), and over a dozen scholarly and mass media articles on topics related to East Asian security and Japanese domestic politics. His current research, funded by a Japan Foundation Abe Fellowship and an invited research fellowship at Japan’s National Institute for Defense Studies, examines prospects for trilateral US-Japan-China cooperation in the area of military security.
Dr. Oros earned degrees from Columbia University (Ph.D, MPhil), the London School of Economics (MSc), and the University of Southern California (BA). He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo, Keio University, and Peking University; and studied as an undergraduate at Osaka University of Foreign Studies and Nanzan University.
Gene Park is an assistant professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). He specializes in comparative politics, international relations, and political economy. Dr. Park has written extensively on the politics of public finance in Japan including a book entitled Spending without Taxation: FILP and the Politics of Public Finance in Japan (Stanford University Press, 2011). He is currently working on a comparative study of taxation. Prior to arriving at LMU, he taught at Baruch College, City University of New York. Dr. Park has been a Japan Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a Shorenstein Fellow at Stanford University’s Asia Pacific Research Center (APARC). He also spent two years as a visiting scholar at the Japanese Ministry of Finance’s Policy Research Institute.
Dr. Park received his PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Institute of International Education fellowship. He holds a BA in philosophy from Swarthmore College and an MA in city and regional planning from Berkeley.
Network for the Future Cohort I participant bios:
Daniel P. Aldrich is an associate professor of political science at Purdue University, an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellow at USAID (during the 2011-2012 academic year) and a Fulbright research fellow at the University of Tokyo (during the 2012-2013 academic year). Aldrich has focused on the ways in which state agencies interact with contentious civil society over the siting of controversial facilities such as nuclear power plants, airports, and dams. His current research investigates how neighborhoods and communities recover from disasters. He has published two books, Site Fights (Cornell University Press 2008, 2010 and to be published in Japanese by Sekaishisosha) and Building Resilience (University of Chicago Press, 2012), eighteen peer-reviewed articles, and more than 60 book chapters, reviews, and op-eds for general audiences. His research has been funded by grants from the Abe Foundation, IIE Fulbright Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Reischauer Institute at Harvard University, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Harvard’s Center for European Studies. Aldrich has been a visiting scholar at the Japanese Ministry of Finance, the Institute for Social Science at Tokyo University, Harvard University, the Tata Institute for Social Science in Mumbai and the Institut d’etudes politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Aldrich received his PhD and MA in political science from Harvard University, an MA from the University of California at Berkeley, and his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
James Gannon is executive director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA), the American affiliate of one of the leading nongovernmental institutions in the field of international affairs in Japan. JCIE brings together key figures from around the world for programs of exchange, research, and dialogue designed to build international cooperation on pressing regional and global challenges. Before joining JCIE in 2001, Gannon conducted macroeconomic and political research with the New York office of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, the Japanese government’s overseas economic assistance agency. He has also worked with the Donald Keene Center for Japanese Culture and taught English in rural Japanese middle schools for two years as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme. Gannon graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in government, conducted graduate research on postwar Japanese economic history at Ehime University in Japan, and received a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he focused on U.S.-Asia relations. He has written about international affairs for American and Japanese publications.
Mary Alice Haddad is an associate professor of government at Wesleyan University, where she teaches government and East Asian studies. She has received awards from numerous institutions including the Harvard Academy, Mellon Foundation, Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, East Asia Institute, and the Japan Foundation. Her publications include Politics and Volunteering in Japan: A Global Perspective (Cambridge 2007), Building Democracy in Japan (Cambridge 2012), and articles in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Democratization, Journal of Asian Studies, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Her current research project is about environmental politics in East Asia. Haddad received her PhD and MA in political science from the University of Washington and her BA from Amherst College.
Kenneth Haig is an assistant professor of political studies at Bard College in New York. He received his AB in history from Harvard and his MA and PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. During previous years of fieldwork in Japan he has been affiliated with Keio University, Hokkaido University, and the Otaru University of Commerce. His current research focuses on the political challenges posed by aging and shrinking populations. His most recent publication was a chapter on Japanese immigration policy in Routledge’s Handbook of Japanese Politics (Alisa Gaunder ed., 2011).
Llewelyn Hughes is assistant professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University (GWU). His research focuses on international and comparative political economy, including the exploration of how governments and firms behave in resource markets and the political economy of climate change. He also publishes on the international relations of Northeast Asia and Japanese politics. Prior to joining the faculty at GWU, Hughes was research fellow in the Consortium for Energy Policy Research at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Before entering academia, Hughes was employed in the public and private sectors in Tokyo,Japan. From 1997-2001 he acted as international aide and interpreter to Ichiro Ozawa, former Secretary General of Japan’s governing Democratic Party of Japan. In the private sector he advised firms operating in the energy, telecommunications, retail and aerospace sectors in Japan on the management of government and public relations. Hughes has a Master’s degree from the University of Tokyo and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kathryn Ibata-Arens, is an associate professor in the department of political science at DePaul University in Chicago. Ibata-Arens specializes in international and comparative political economy, entrepreneurship policy, high technology policy and Japanese political economy. Her current research, utilizing social network analysis and GIS methodologies, examines emerging life science (biotechnology and medical devices) regions in Japan and the United States. Her findings are presented in the book manuscript, Clustering to Win: Firm, Regional and National Strategies in Life Science Entrepreneurship. Ibata-Arens’ dissertation research was conducted at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) at the University of Tokyo as a Fulbright Doctoral Fellow. Ibata-Arens was a JSPS post-doctoral fellow (2002-2003) at the Center for Advanced Economic Engineering (AEE), University of Tokyo and was a fellow in the Alfred P. Sloan/Social Science Research Council Program on the Corporation as a Social Institution (2002). In 2005 and 2006, she was a Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership Abe Research Fellow in the Faculty of Commerce, Doshisha University, Kyoto. In 2008, she was a Japan Policy Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, D.C., and received a Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Grant for her work on national entrepreneurship and innovation policy. Ibata-Arens’ book Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Japan: Politics, Organizations and High Technology Firms (Cambridge University Press, 2005) analyzes high technology firms and regional economies in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. Other works, on enterprise embeddedness and entrepreneurial business networks, appear in journals including Enterprise and Society and Journal of Asian Business and Management. In 2009-2010, Ibata-Arens was a Fulbright New Century Scholar at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, serving as project team leader for a fourteen-country research collaboration. Ibata-Arens received a PhD from Northwestern University and a BA from Loyola University Chicago.
Jennifer Lind is an associate professor in the Department of Government, Dartmouth College. She is also a faculty associate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University. Lind is the author of Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics, a book that examines the effect of war memory on international reconciliation (Cornell University Press, 2008). She has also authored scholarly articles in International Security and Security Studies, and writes for wider audiences in the Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, and Asahi Shinbun. Lind has worked as a consultant for RAND and for the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Defense, and has lived and worked in Japan. She is currently writing about energy competition in East Asia; geography and security competition in the region; and is working on a book project about the evolution of national identity. She received a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master’s in Pacific International Affairs from the University of California,San Diego, and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Phillip Y. Lipscy is an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University and FSI Center Fellow at the Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center. His fields of research include Japanese politics, U.S.-Japan relations, international and comparative political economy, international security, and regional cooperation in East and Southeast Asia. Lipscy is an expert on bargaining over unbalanced representation in international organizations such as the United Nations Security Council, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank. His most recent research examines the domestic politics of energy efficiency and global climate change. He has also written on a wide range of topics such as the use of secrecy in international policymaking, the effect of domestic politics on trade, and Japanese responses to the Asian financial crisis. Lipscy obtained his PhD in political science at Harvard University. He received his MA in international policy studies and BA in economics and political science at Stanford University. His previous affiliations include the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Institute for Global and International Studies at The George Washington University, the RAND Corporation, and the Institute for International Policy Studies in Tokyo.
Mark Manyin is a specialist in Asian affairs at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a non-partisan agency that provides information and analysis to members of the U.S. Congress and their staff. At CRS, Manyin’s general area of expertise is U.S.relations with East Asia, particularly Japan, the Koreas, and Vietnam. He also has tracked the evolution of terrorism in Southeast Asia and the environmental causes of security tensions in Asia. From 2006-2008, Manyin served as the head of the CRS’ 11-person Asia Section, overseeing the Service’s research on East, Southeast, and South Asia as well as Australasia and the Pacific Islands. Prior to joining CRS in 1999, Manyin completed his PhD in Japanese trade policy and negotiating behavior at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He has written academic articles on Vietnam and Korea, taught courses in East Asian international relations, worked as a business consultant, and lived in Japan for a total of three years.
Matthew Marr is an assistant professor of sociology for the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, Asian Studies Program at Florida International University. Marr’s research focuses on the process of exiting homelessness in in Japanese and American cities, exploring how it is shaped by contexts operating at multiple levels of social analysis, from the global to the individual. He is particularly interested in the role of social ties in this process, and how ties are affected by organizational and policy contexts. His research employs multiple methods, including longitudinal interviews, participant observation, and fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis. Marr has recently published articles in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Cities, Urban Geography, and Housing Policy Debate. He plans to continue researching urban poverty and marginality in Japan and the U.S. from a global, comparative perspective, looking at the ground level effects of policy change. Marr began studying Japanese at Polytechnic High School in Long Beach,California. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1993 with degrees in government and Japanese studies and spent two years studying Japanese language and culture in Nagoya. He earned an MA degree in sociology from Howard University in 1997 and has worked with community based organizations to address homelessness in Los Angeles and Tokyo. He received his PhD in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007, with a focus on ethnographic research methods and social stratification.
Sherry Martin Murphy is a foreign affairs research analyst at the United States Department of State. She was formerly an associate professor at Cornell University jointly appointed in the Government Department and the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her areas of expertise include mass participation in politics, public opinion, electoral institutions, political socialization, and gender and politics in Japan and the United States. Her research on the relationship between gender, a decline in partisanship, and widespread feelings of political alienation in contemporary Japanese politics has appeared in the Social Science Japan Journal and the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy. Martin’s book, Popular Democracy in Japan: How Gender and Community are Changing Modern Electoral Politics, was published with Cornell University Press in March 2011. This work examines how institutional changes combined with new patterns of citizen engagement to create the conditions for higher levels of electoral participation than might be expected throughout a period of Japanese politics led by an entrenched elite widely criticized for being unresponsive to voters. Martin earned her AB in politics from Princeton University and her PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
Robert Pekkanen is an associate professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and, while on leave from UW, currently an Associate Professor at the University of Tsukuba. He received his PhD in political science from Harvard Universityin 2002. He has published articles on Japanese politics in such journals as The American Political Science Review, The British Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Asian Studies, and The Journal of Japanese Studies, among others. His first book,Japan’s Dual Civil Society: Members without Advocates (Stanford, 2006) won the Ohira Prize in 2008 and an award from the Japanese Nonprofit Research Association (JANPORA) in 2007. The Japan Times also featured it as one of the “Best Asia Books” of 2006. A Japanese translation appeared in 2008. With lead editor Benjamin L. Read, he edited a volume on local organizations published by Routledge in 2009. His third book, Neighborhood Associations and Governance in Japan, appeared the same year (co-authored in Japanese with Yutaka Tsujinaka and Hidehiro Yamamoto), and also won a prize from JANPORA. Pekkanen’s fourth book is The Rise and Fall of Japan’s LDP: Political Parties as Institutions (Cornell University Press, 2010, co-authored with Ellis S. Krauss). This book departed from the theme of civil society and associational life to examine party organization and theories of institutional change and origin through the case of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party. Pekkanen is currently co-PI on a major research project funded by the National Science Foundation to investigate parties’ nomination strategies and legislative organization in eight countries. Pekkanen has interviewed over fifty members of the Japanese Diet, and shadowed several in the past few elections. He has been interviewed by media including PBS’s “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” The Christian Science Monitor, Asahi Shimbun (Japan), USA Today, and radio programs in the U.S., China, Jamaica and Australia.
Kay Shimizu is an assistant professor in the department of political science and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Shimizu’s research concerns the political economy of Japan and Greater China, with a current focus on central-local fiscal relations and financial politics. In Japan, she has been a research scholar at Gakushuin University and RIETI (Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry). During 2009-2010, she was an advanced research fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs’ Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University. She earned her BA in economics and international relations and PhD in political science from Stanford University.
Mireya Solís is an associate professor at the School of International Service of American University. Her research interests include international and comparative political economy, Japanese politics and foreign policy, and regional integration in East Asia and North America. Solís authored Banking on Multinationals: Public Credit and the Export of Japanese Sunset Industries (Stanford University Press, 2004), and is co-editor of Cross-Regional Trade Agreements: Understanding Fragmented Regionalism in East Asia (Springer, 2008), and Competitive Regionalism: Explaining the Diffusion and Implications of FTAs in the Pacific Rim(Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009). Solis has been awarded a fellowship for advanced social research on Japan by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission as well as an Abe Fellowship by the Center for Global Partnership and the Social Science Research Council. Acting as principal investigator, Solís received a grant from CGP for the project Competitive Regionalism: Strategic Dynamics of FTA Negotiation in East Asia and Beyond. Solís has published articles in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, Review of International Political Economy, The World Economy, Pacific Affairs, Business and Politics, Journal of East Asian Studies, and Asian Economic Policy Review, as well as several book chapters. Solís has received numerous prizes and academic distinctions, including the Young Scholar Award from the Association of Japanese Business Studies, Fulbright and Ford Foundation scholarships, and fellowships from the Institute of Advanced Studies of the United Nations University in Tokyo, the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the UCSD, and the U.S.-Japan Relations Program at Harvard University. Solis received her BA from El Colegio de Mexico and her PhD and MA from Harvard University.
Nicholas Szechenyi is deputy director of the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS,) where he is also a senior fellow. His research focuses on U.S.-Japan relations and U.S.–East Asia relations. Prior to joining CSIS in 2005, he was a news producer for Fuji Television in Washington, D.C., where he covered U.S. policy in Asia and domestic politics.
Szechenyi coauthors a review of U.S.-Japan relations triannually in Comparative Connections, an electronic journal on East Asian bilateral relations. Other publications include “Japan-U.S. Relations” (with Michael J. Green) in The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics (2011) and “A Turning Point for Japan’s Self Defense Forces,” Washington Quarterly (Autumn 2006). He received an M.A. in international economics and Japan studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in Asian studies from Connecticut College.