Network Participants


Cohort  IV Participants (2016-2018):

  • Amy Catalinac, Assistant Professor, New York University
  • Yulia Frumer, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
  • Robert Hoppens, Associate Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Noriyuki Katagiri, Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University
  • Adam Liff, Assistant Professor, Indiana University
  • Ko Maeda, Associate Professor, University of North Texas
  • Reo Matsuzaki, Assistant Professor, Trinity College
  • Matthew Poggi, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Michael Sharpe, Associate Professor, York College of the City University of New York
  • Jolyon Thomas, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kristin Vekasi, Assistant Professor, University of Maine
  • Joshua Walker, Director, Global Programs, APCO Worldwide

Cohort III Participants (2014-2016):

  • Liv Coleman, Associate Professor of Government and World Affairs, University of Tampa
  • Shinju Fujihira, Executive Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
  • Benjamin Goldberg, Japan Analyst, Department of State
  • Shihoko Goto, Senior Northeast Asia Associate, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Tobias Harris, Analyst, Teneo Intelligence
  • Levi McLaughlin, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, North Carolina State University
  • Emer O’Dwyer, Assistant Professor of Japanese History, Department of History and East Asian Studies, Oberlin College
  • Ian Rinehart, Researcher/Analyst, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
  • Daniel Smith, Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics, Department of Government, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University
  • Nathaniel Smith, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona
  • Michael Strausz, Assistant Professor, Texas Christian University
  • Hiroki Takeuchi, Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia at the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University
  • Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Associate Professor of Sociology, Program Director of Human Rights Initiative, University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Cohort II Alumni Participants (2012-2014):

  • Celeste Arrington, Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Emma Chanlett-Avery, Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service
  • Erin Aeran Chung, Charles D. Miller Associate Professor of East Asian Politics, Johns Hopkins University
  • Annika A. Culver, Associate Professor, East Asian History, Florida State University
  • Dyron Dabney, Director of Japan Study and Associate Professor of Politics, Earlham College
  • Linda Hasunuma, Assistant Professor, Franklin and Marshall College
  • Jeffrey Hornung, Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
  • David Janes, Director of Foundation Grants and Assistant to the President, United States-Japan Foundation
  • Weston Konishi, Adjunct Fellow, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
  • Kenji Kushida, Research Associate, Stanford University
  • Mary McCarthy, Associate Professor of Political Science, Drake University
  • Kenneth McElwain, Associate Professor, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo
  • Andrew Oros, Director of International Studies and Professor, Washington College
  • Gene Park, Associate Professor of Political Science, Loyola Marymount University

Cohort I Alumni Participants (2010-2012):

  • Daniel Aldrich,Professor of Political Science, Co-Director of the Security and Resilience Studies Program, Northeastern University
  • James Gannon, Executive Director, Japan Center for International Exchange
  • Mary Alice Haddad, Professor of Government, Chair of the College of East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University
  • Ken Haig, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Oracle Corporation Japan
  • Llewelyn Hughes, Associate Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
  • Kathryn Ibata-Arens, Professor of Political Science and Director of Global Asian Studies, DePaul University
  • Jennifer Lind, Associate Professor of Government, Dartmouth College
  • Phillip Lipscy, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
  • Mark Manyin, Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service
  • Matthew Marr, Associate Professor of Sociology, Florida International University
  • Sherry Martin , Foreign Affairs Research Analyst, U.S. Department of State
  • Robert Pekkanen, Professor, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Sociology, University of Washington
  • Kay Shimizu, Research Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • Mireya Solís, Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies, Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies
  • Nicholas Szechenyi, Deputy Director of the Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies


Network for the Future Cohort IV Participant Biographies:

Amy Catalinac1Amy Catalinac
is an assistant professor in the Department of Politics at New York University.  After earning her PhD in government at Harvard University in 2011, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard (2011-12); an assistant professor at Australian National University (2012-14); and a visiting assistant professor at Harvard (2014-15).  Her research uses the case of Japan to address core questions in international relations and comparative politics.  Her book, Electoral Reform and National Security in Japan: From Pork to Foreign Policy, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2016.  Her articles have been published in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Politics and Policy, among others.  Professor Catalinac has spent close to five years in Japan, where she has observed the election campaigns of numerous politicians, conducted interviews with political actors at all levels of the Japanese government, and interned for the Liberal Democratic Party.  She teaches courses on international relations, comparative politics, Japanese security policy, and Japanese politics.


yuliaYulia Frumer is the Bo Jung and Soon Young Kim Assistant Professor of East Asian Science and Technology, History of Science and Technology Department, Johns Hopkins University. Before coming to Hopkins, Professor Frumer was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. She holds a PhD from the History of Science Program at Princeton University and an MA from the Cohn Institute for History of Sciences and Ideas at Tel Aviv University.
In her research, she focuses on the history of science and technology in Japan. Her first book, titled Making Time: Astronomical Time Measurement in Tokugawa Japan, explored astronomical time measurement in Tokugawa-period Japan. Her current research project focuses on the long history of humanoid robotics technologies in Japan. In addition, she explores topics of scientific translations, science and technology exchange, measurement instruments, and science fiction.


HoppensRobert Hoppens received a PhD in modern Japanese history from the University of Washington and is associate professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where he teaches Japanese, Chinese, and East Asian and world history. His research interests focus on the history of Sino-Japanese relations, cold war history and issues of national identity in East Asia. He is the author of The China Problem in Postwar Japan: Japanese National Identity and Sino-Japanese Relations, published by Bloomsbury Press as part of the series SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan.


 Katagiri pictureNori Katagiri is an assistant professor of political science at St Louis University, where he teaches international relations, security studies, and East Asia. He is writing a book on Japan’s military power after publishing his first, titled Adapting to Win: How Insurgents Fight and Defeat Foreign States in War (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). Before joining St Louis University, he taught international security at Air War College, a joint military graduate school for senior officers and officials of the U.S. government and foreign nations. Between 2016 and 2018, he is serving as a visiting research fellow at the Air Staff College, Meguro Base, of Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force.  He received his BA in international studies from the University of South Carolina, a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.


 Liff_headshot UVA 2013 closeup  Adam P. Liff is Assistant Professor of East Asian International Relations at Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies (SGIS). He is also an adjunct fellow with the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, and associate-in-research at Harvard University’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.  Professor Liff holds a PhD and MA in politics from Princeton University, and a BA from Stanford University. His research focuses on international security and the Asia-Pacific, with particular emphasis on the foreign relations of Japan and China; U.S. Asia-Pacific strategy; the U.S.-Japan alliance; and the rise of China and its regional and global impact. His academic scholarship has been published in Asia PolicyInternational SecurityJournal of Contemporary China, Journal of Strategic Studies, Security StudiesThe China Quarterly, and The Washington Quarterly, and has been cited widely in global media, including in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Economist.


maeda Ko Maeda is an associate professor of political science at the University of North Texas, specializing in elections, party competition, and political institutions. His work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics.




Reo_Matsuzaki Reo Matsuzaki is an assistant professor of political science at Trinity College. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics and history of East Asia, with a focus on state-building and colonialism. His current book project, through a comparison of Japanese colonization of Taiwan (1895-1945) and the U.S. colonization of the Philippines (1898- 1942), explores the dynamic of state-building at the intersection of state and society, and the role societal intermediaries play in the process of constructing modern state institutions. He received his PhD from MIT and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law before joining the Trinity faculty in 2013. He is an associate-in-research at Harvard University’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and at Yale University’s Council of East Asian Studies.


Me5939ad3-02ee-426a-afb3-a11ac20c77a6atthew Poggi is the U.S. Financial Attaché to Japan and the representative of the U.S. Department of Treasury in Tokyo.  Prior to his current post, he served as deputy director of the international banking and securities markets office.  His portfolio included systemic financial vulnerabilities and shadow banking, and his regional responsibilities focused on Asia.  Prior to joining Treasury in 2006, Mr. Poggi worked in the international department at the Bank of Japan from 2003-05.  Before that, Mr. Poggi was an economist covering Japan at Lehman Brothers in Tokyo for eight years.  Mr. Poggi was a Mansfield Fellow from 2010-2011, spending time at the Bank of Japan, the Ministry of Finance, the Financial Services Agency, and the office of a member of the Upper House of the Diet.  He is a graduate of Boston College, and holds an MSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics and an MPP from Columbia University.


IMG_9925 (1)Michael Orlando Sharpe is an associate professor of political science in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at York College of the City University of New York. He holds a PhD and Master of Philosophy in political science from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. Additionally, Dr. Sharpe holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a graduate diploma in International Law and Organization for Development from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands, and a BA degree from Rutgers College / Rutgers University. Prior to coming to York College/CUNY, Dr. Sharpe was a senior research associate at the Howard Samuels Center at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Dr. Sharpe previously was employed as a political analyst for the Consulate General of Japan in New York.  Earlier in Tokyo, Japan, he was a project coordinator for the United Nations-affiliated non-governmental organization the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), and he now serves on IMADR’s board of directors. Dr. Sharpe’s areas of expertise are comparative politics and international relations and his research interests concern looking comparatively at the politics of migration, immigrant political incorporation, and political transnationalism in the Netherlands, Japan, and around the world. His first book is entitled Postcolonial Citizens and Ethnic Migration: The Netherlands and Japan in the Age of Globalization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Some of his recent work has appeared in journals including Japanese Journal of Political Science, Policy and Society, Dialectical Anthropology, International Relations of the Asia- Pacific, and in encyclopedias and popular media. Dr. Sharpe has given guest lectures and presentations about his work at universities in the United States, Europe, and Japan, and regularly presents at professional meetings. He has been interviewed about his work on Dutch radio and given presentations about it to Japanese government officials.  During his sabbatical leave (2017-2018), he is an adjunct associate research scholar at Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and a visiting researcher at Keio University’s Faculty of Law in Tokyo, Japan.


joslyn thomas Jolyon Thomas is an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His research covers two main areas of inquiry, both of which sketch approaches to the perennially unanswerable question of how to define religion. On the one hand, he writes about religion in conjunction with material and visual culture, examining the religious lives of illustrated media (comic books and cartoons) and quotidian objects (trains, televisions, USB sticks, plastic figurines). On the other, he works on the place of religion in policy and law. Current projects investigate who gets to define religious freedom and with what political effects, how conceptions of “religion” and “the secular” appear in debates about morality, patriotism, and security in public school education in postwar Japan and the United States, and what sort of relationships exist between religion, capitalism, and sexuality. His first book, Drawing on Tradition: Manga, Anime, and Religion in Contemporary Japan, is available from University of Hawaii Press. His second book, Japan, the American Occupation, and the Problem of Religious Freedom, is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press. He is now working on a third book, tentatively titled The Problematic Subject of Religious Education: Debates over Morality, Patriotism, and Security in Postwar Japan and the United States.


Vekasi_Portrait Kristin Vekasi is an assistant professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Maine. She received her PhD at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has conducted extensive research and fieldwork across Northeast Asia, particularly in Japan and China. She has been a visiting fellow with the Japan Foundation at Tokyo University, a Fulbright Fellow at Tohoku University, and a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellow at the Harbin Institute of Technology.  Professor Vekasi’s research focuses on Japan-China relations, and how multinational firms manage political risk in a globalized and politicized world. Her most recent publications in the Chinese Journal of International Politics and East Asia Forum Quarterly discuss how private firms use cultural exchange programs to improve tense international relations.


Walker Joshua W. Walker currently serves as the Head of Global Strategic Initiatives in the Washington, D.C., Office of the President of Eurasia Group, the world’s largest political risk consultancy. He brings over two decades of international business diplomacy to this new role, most recently serving as the CEO and President of the USA Pavilion of the 2017 World Expo in Astana, Kazakhstan.  Dr. Walker also is Founding Dean of the APCO Institute and Senior Vice President of Global Programs at APCO Worldwide, a leading global strategic communications firm. Dr. Walker is concurrently a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where he focuses on Japan for the Asia program.  He also teaches Leadership and the American Presidency at the George Mason University. Before joining the private sector, he worked as a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State in Secretary Kerry’s Office of the Chief Economist and prior to this served in Secretary Clinton’s Global Partnership Initiatives. He has also previously worked on the Turkey Desk of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the State Department, the U.S. Embassy Ankara, and for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Walker holds a Princeton doctorate, Yale master’s, and a University of Richmond bachelor’s.  He speaks both Japanese and Turkish.



Network for the Future Cohort III Participant Biographies:


Liv Coleman is associate professor of political science at the University of Tampa, where she teaches East Asian comparative politics and international relations.  Her research interests include Japanese gender politics and family policy responses to the declining birthrate, as well as Internet governance and processes of change in international organization.  Dr. Coleman received her PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her BA from Smith College.  She conducted doctoral dissertation research as a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Social Science.  She was also an advanced research fellow in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University.


fujiharaShinju Fujihira  is the Executive Director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center International Affairs (WCFIA), at Harvard University. At the WCFIA, he has been a National Security Fellow at the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and an Advanced Research Fellow at the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. His research has examined the role of finance in great power competition, Japan- China relations, and Japan’s diplomacy in East Asia. He is the author of “Can Japanese Democracy Cope with China’s Rise?” (2013) in Clash of National Identities and “Legacies of the Abe Administration” (2008) in Japan’s Political Mess (both published by the Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars) “From Shenyang to Pyongyang: Japan’s Diplomatic Trials in Northeast Asia” (Harvard Asia Quarterly, Autumn 2002); and his interview on Japan’s partisan conflict and foreign policy has appeared in the Asahi Shimbun. Prior to his current position, he was an assistant professor of political science at Tufts University. He received his BA in government from Cornell University, and PhD in politics from Princeton University.


goldbergBenjamin Goldberg is a Japan analyst at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, he focuses on issues such as Japan’s internal political situation, Japanese foreign policy, and regional economic and diplomatic activities. His last visit to Japan was in June 2015. Previously, Ben served as a Foreign Media Analyst in the Media Reaction branch of the Office of Research in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. In this position, Ben served as the primary editor and drafter of the Early Report, a daily analysis of global media reaction to major international events. Before joining the State Department, he worked as Analytical Director for an independent consulting company, Intellibridge Corp., as well as a junior reporter for the Washington bureau of Japan’s second-largest newspaper, the Asahi Shimbun. Ben graduated from Haverford College in 1995 with a BA in East Asian Studies, and is competent in Japanese and Spanish.


gotoShihoko Goto is the senior Northeast Asia associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Asia Program, where she is responsible for research and programming on Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. She is also a contributing editor at The Globalist magazine. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, she was a journalist writing about the international political economy.  As a correspondent for Dow Jones News Service and United Press International based in Tokyo and Washington, she reported extensively on policies impacting the global financial system as well as international trade. She was also formerly a donor country relations officer at the World Bank. She received the Freeman Foundation’s Jefferson journalism fellowship at the East-West Center and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s journalism fellowship for the Salzburg Global Seminar. She received an MA in international political theory from Waseda University’s Graduate School of Political Science and a BA in modern history from Trinity College, University of Oxford.


harrisTobias Harris is an analyst of Japanese politics and economics at Teneo Intelligence, a political risk firm. He is also the Economy, Trade, and Business Fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. His analysis of Japanese politics appears regularly in publications like the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal Asia, and Foreign Policy and he has provided on-air analysis for CNBC, Bloomberg, NHK, and Al Jazeera International. In 2011-2012, he was a Fulbright scholar at the Institute for Social Science at the University of Tokyo, where he conducted research on the Japanese bureaucracy. Before working as an analyst, in 2006- 2007 Mr. Harris worked on the staff of Keiichiro Asao, at that time a member of the upper house of the Japanese Diet and shadow foreign minister for the Democratic Party of Japan, for whom Mr. Harris conducted research on foreign policy and Japan’s relations with the United States. Mr. Harris holds an MPhil in international relations from the University of Cambridge. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University.


McLaughlin - PicLevi McLaughlin is assistant professor at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Carolina State University. He received his PhD from Princeton University in 2009 after previous study at the University of Tokyo, and he holds a BA and MA from the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. He worked as a research assistant at Kokugakuin University in Tokyo, taught at Wofford College, and was a visiting research fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Iowa. Articles and book chapters by Dr. McLaughlin appear in English and Japanese in The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, Religion Compass, Sekai, the Social Science Japan Journal, and other publications. He has co-authored and co-edited Komeito: Politics and Religion in Japan (IEAS Berkeley 2014); is co-authoring and co-editing a special issue of the journal Asian Ethnology titled Salvage and Salvation: Religion, Disaster Relief, and Reconstruction in Asia (available June 2016); and is completing a book manuscript titled Soka Gakkai: Buddhism and Romantic Heroism in Modern Japan.


odwyerEmer O’Dwyer is associate professor of Japanese history in the Department of History and Program East Asian Studies at Oberlin College. She specializes in twentieth century Japanese history with research interests in imperial, political, and social history. She is the author of Significant Soil: Settler Colonialism and Japan’s Urban Empire in Manchuria, published in 2015 by Harvard University’s Asia Center Press. Her second book project explores Japanese experiences of the immediate post-defeat period, 1945-1955. Dr. O’Dwyer holds an AB in East Asian Studies from Harvard College and a PhD in history and East Asian languages also from Harvard. She has been a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (2010-2011), a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress (2011-2012), and an academic associate at Harvard’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations (2015-2016).


rinehartIan E. Rinehart  is a Researcher/Analyst at Mitsubishi Corporation Americas. He was previously an Analyst in Asian Affairs at the Congressional Research Service, where he provided information and analysis to Members of Congress and their staff on issues relating to Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Asia-Pacific regional security. He was recently a 2013 Japan Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, where he authored a short paper on US-Japan security cooperation and collective self-defense. Rinehart has worked at the research consultancy Washington Core, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and the Social Science Research Council. He received an MA in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and a BA in International Relations from Pomona College.


dsmithDaniel M. Smith is assistant professor of comparative politics in the Department of Government and faculty affiliate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. His research focuses on political parties, elections, and coalition government in contemporary Japan and Western Europe. His PhD and MA in political science are from the University of California, San Diego, and his BA in political science and Italian is from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Smith has conducted research in Japan as a Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology research scholar at Chuo University, and as a Fulbright research fellow at the University of Tokyo. Prior to joining the Department of Government at Harvard, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. His most recent research on Japanese politics appears in Japan Decides 2014 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Komeito: Politics and Religion in Japan (Institute of East Asian Studies at U.C. Berkeley, 2014).


N.Smith - Pic Nathaniel M. Smith is assistant professor of East Asian Studies and affiliated faculty in the School Anthropology at the University of Arizona.  A cultural anthropologist specializing in Japan, Dr. Smith’s research focuses on nationalism, social movements, and organized crime. His current manuscript is an ethnography of the moral and social worlds of Japan’s prominent rightist activist groups that traces their trajectory from the early post-WWII years, beyond the Cold War, and into the contemporary terrain of post-3.11 civil society. He maintains broad interest in the history of Japan anthropology, urban studies and inter-Asian migration, and sound and visual studies of Japan. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Arizona, Dr. Smith spent two years serving as Japan Foundation Faculty Fellow in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Smith holds a PhD in anthropology and MA in East Asian studies from Yale University, an MA in international relations from Waseda University, and a BA in foreign language from the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Language from the University of California, Riverside.


strauszMichael Strausz is an associate professor of political science at Texas Christian University.  He earned BA in international relations and Japanese from Michigan State University, and his MA and PhD in political science from the University of Washington (Seattle).  His research focuses on the relationship between the state and foreign residents and on the role of norms in international politics, and he has published articles in journals including Pacific Affairs; the Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy; and Foreign Policy Analysis. He is currently researching a book length project about Japanese immigration policy as a Japan Foundation Fellow.



takeuchiHiroki Takeuchi is associate professor of political science and Director of the Sun & Star Program on and East Asia in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University. He previously taught at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) as Faculty Fellow in the Political Science Department and at Stanford University as postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Public Policy Program.  He received his PhD in political science from UCLA, his MA in Asian studies from University of California at Berkeley, and his BA in economics from Keio University, Japan. Dr. Takeuchi’s research focuses on Chinese and Japanese politics, comparative political economy of authoritarian regimes, and political economy and international relations in East Asia, as well as applications of game theory on political science.  His first book, Tax Reform in Rural China: Revenue, Resistance, and Authoritarian Rule (Cambridge University Press, 2014), examines how China maintains authoritarian rule while it is committed to market-oriented economic reforms, by offering a systematic analysis of the central-local governmental relationships in rural China while focusing on rural taxation and political participation. His recent articles have been published in the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, the Journal of Contemporary China, the Journal of Chinese Political Science, the Japanese Journal of Political Science, the Journal of East Asian Studies, and Modern China.  His second book project examines the implications of global supply chains in the Asia-Pacific on international relations and security of the region.


tsutsuiKiyoteru Tsutsui is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Sociology, Director of the Donio Human Rights Center, and Associate Director of the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research examines globalization of human rights and its impact on local politics. His current research topics include global human rights and three minority social movements in Japan, the global expansion of corporate social responsibility and its impact on Japanese corporations, changing discourses about the Asia-Pacific War in Japan, and the transformation of minority rights stipulations in national constitutions across the globe. His past research has appeared in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Problems, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and other sociology and political science journals. His most recent publication is a co-edited volume (with Alwyn Lim) Corporate Social Responsibility in a Globalizing World (Cambridge University Press 2015). He has been a recipient of the SSRC/CGP Abe Fellowship, Stanford Japan Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and National Science Foundation grants, and is a Scott M. Johnson Fellow of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program. Dr. Tsutsui earned his PhD from Stanford University.




Network for the Future Cohort II Participant Biographies:

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 Aeran Chung is the Charles D. Miller Associate Professor of East Asian Politics, Director of the East Asian Studies Program, and Co-Director of the Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship (RIC) 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 an Associate Professor of East Asian History at Florida State University. She has also taught at the University of Chicago, Skidmore College, Beijing University, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 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). Her recent book, Glorify the Empire: Japanese Avant-Garde Propaganda in Manchukuo (University of British Columbia Press), explores how once anti-imperialist intellectuals produced modernist works celebrating the modernity of a fascist state and reflecting a complicated picture of complicity with, and ambivalence towards, Japan’s utopian project.

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 the Director of the Japan Study Program & SICE Program, and Associate Professor in the Political Science Department 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 where she teaches comparative and international politics, the domestic and international politics of East Asia, and gender politics. Dr. Hasunuma’s research interests include the politics of central-local relations in Japan, Japan’s evolving relationship with South Korea, and the development of institutions and policies designed to promote gender equality in Japan. She is currently working on a project related to the Gender Equality Bureau and another on women’s activism in post-Fukushima Japan. She has published on the politics of decentralization, Koizumi’s institutional reforms, and the impact of the Komeito on policies affecting women and children.

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 a fellow for the Security and Foreign Affairs Program at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. He was previously 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, his MA in International Relations with a concentration in Japan Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and his BA in Political Science and International Affairs from Marquette University, where he graduated magna cum laude.



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 the Associate Director of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Peace Winds America. A specialist in Asia and U.S.-Japan relations, Weston brings over fifteen years of experience in the non-profit and think tank arenas in Washington, DC, Cambridge, MA, and Tokyo, Japan. He is the author and editor of numerous books and publications on Asia-Pacific security issues, and is a regular participant in various leadership forums and events. Operating out of the Washington, DC-area, he is primarily responsible for leading the expansion of PWA’s activities with new partners and programs and advising the CEO on the strategic direction and internal operations of the organization. Weston received both his B.A. and M.A. from the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan.



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 Associate Professor of Political Science at Drake University. Dr. McCarthy joined the department in the fall of 2007. She teaches numerous regional courses on the politics and international relations of Japan, China, and East Asia, as well as topical courses in world and comparative politics. Her research and teaching interests include the influence of domestic politics on foreign policy-making, 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.

Besides her teaching and research, Dr. McCarthy enjoys mentoring students to help them to have the most enriching experience both at Drake and beyond. In this capacity, she advises students on post-graduate opportunities in Asia, including teaching English in Japan through the prestigious Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET).

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 Associate Professor at the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo. 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 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 L. Oros is the Director of International Studies and 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 Associate 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, an MA in City and Regional Planning from Berkeley.



Network for the Future Cohort I Participant Biographies:

Daniel P. Aldrich  is a Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Security and Resilience Program at Northeastern 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 the 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 currently the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Oracle Corporation Japan and Co-Chair of the Energy Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.  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 Bard College, 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 at the Crawford School of Public Policy at Australian National University and also a also Research Director for GR-Japan, a government affairs and public policy consultancy focused on the Japanese market. He was previously an Associate 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 a Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Director of Global Asian Studies 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 at Dartmouth College. She is also a Faculty Associate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at 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 AtlanticForeign 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 his 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  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 a 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 University in 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 at 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 currently a senior fellow and the Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies in the Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies. She was previously 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 the 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.


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