LEONARD J. SCHOPPA
Department of Politics, Box 400787, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4787
tel (434) 924-3211; fax (434) 924-3359 e-mail: email@example.com
D. Phil in Politics – University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom (January 1989) — Dissertation: “The Limits of Change in Japanese Policymaking: the Case of Education Reform, 1967-1987.”
BS – Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (May 1984) — School of Foreign Service. Major: International Economics. Certificate in Asian Studies.
The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (1990 – present) – Professor of Politics, beginning 2006; Associate Professor, 1996-2006; Assistant Professor, 1990-96.
University of Oxford, Oxford, England (2018-2019) – Visiting Professor at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies.
University of Tokyo and International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan (2000-2001) — Visiting Fulbright Research Fellow at the University of Tokyo Institute of Social Science and the ICU Institute of Asian Cultural Studies.
Keio University, Tokyo, Japan (1993 – 1994) — Visiting Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Policy Management.
University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences – Associate Dean for the Social Sciences (2012-2018) – I assisted two Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences (Meredith Woo, 2012-2014; Ian Baucom, 2014-2018) in overseeing the personnel and budgetary affairs of social science departments and several other programs and centers.
UVA Department of Politics, Associate Chair (2010-2012) – I assisted the department chair in a variety of departmental administrative tasks, including scheduling, oversight of the summer session, and hiring adjuncts.
Semester at Sea (a UVa Study Abroad Program) – Academic Dean (Summer 2011 Voyage) – I hired 30 faculty members, approved 60 syllabi, and supervised the planning of about 100 field trips ahead of our departure, and then headed up the academic program on a 66-day voyage across the Atlantic and around the Mediterranean.
The University of Virginia – Undergraduate Director (2006-2010) – I oversaw programs for students majoring in “Government” and “Foreign Affairs”, which graduated over 400 students a year during this period.
Semester at Sea – Academic Dean (Fall 2008 Voyage) – I hired 29 faculty members, approved 80 syllabi, and monitored the planning for about 150 field trips ahead of departure and then supervised these faculty members and oversaw the academic program during the 108-day voyage around the world.
The University of Virginia – Director of the East Asia Center (1997 – 2000) – I oversaw an interdisciplinary unit with an annual other than personnel budget of over $30,000, managed an MA program in Asian Studies, ran a speakers series, and did limited fund-raising.
The Evolution of Japan’s Party System: Politics and Policy in an Era of Institutional Change (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2011) – Leonard Schoppa, ed.
Race for the Exits: The Unraveling of Japan’s System of Social Protection (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006). The first chapter is available on-line by clicking here. Also available in Japanese translation. This book was nominated for the Gregory Luebbert Award for the best book in Comparative Politics and for the John K. Fairbanks Prize in East Asian History.
Social Contracts Under Stress: The Middle Classes of America, Europe, and Japan at the Turn of the Century (New York: Russell Sage, 2002)—co-edited with Olivier Zunz and Nobuhiro Hiwatari.
Bargaining with Japan: What American Pressure Can and Cannot Do (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997).
Education Reform in Japan: A Case of Immobilist Politics (London: Routledge, 1991). Also available in Japanese translation.
“The Policy Response to Declining Fertility Rates in Japan: Relying on Logic and Hope over Evidence,” Social Science Japan Journal 23:1 (Winter 2020): 3-21.
“Residential Mobility and Local Civic Engagement in Japan and the United States: Divergent Paths to School,” Comparative Political Studies 46:9 (September 2013), pp. 1058-1081.
“Feminism as the New Natalism: Twenty-First-Century Prescriptions for Addressing Low Fertility,” in Eric Kaufmann and W. Bradford Wilcox, eds, Whither the Child?: Causes and Consequences of Low Fertility (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2013), pp. 157-176.
“Path Dependence and the Evolution of Japan’s Party System Since 1993,” in Leonard Schoppa, ed., The Evolution of Japan’s Party System: Politics and Policy in an Era of Institutional Change (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2011).
“Policies for an Aging / Low Fertility Society,” in Alisa Gaunder, ed., Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics (London: Routledge, 2011), pp. 201-211.
“Exit, Voice, and Family Policy in Japan: Limited Changes Despite Broad Recognition of the Declining Fertility Problem,” Journal of European Social Policy 20: 5 (December 2010).
“Gaiatsu, Learning, and Japan’s Emerging Economic Liberalism,” in Masaru Kohno and Frances Rosenbluth, eds., Japan and the World (New Haven: Yale CEAS Occasional Publications, 2008), pp. 71-99.
“Demographics and the State,” in Florian Coulmas, et al, eds., The Demographic Challenge: A Handbook about Japan (Leiden: Brill, 2008), pp. 639-652.
“You’re (Not) Having My Baby: Fertility and Feminism,” Current History 105: 689 (March 2006), pp. 112-120.
“Race to the Bottom? Japanese Multinational Firms and the Future of the Lifetime Employment System,” Japan Focus (on-line journal), February 21, 2006.
“Neoliberal Economic Policy Preferences of the ‘New Left’: Home-Grown or Anglo-American Import?” in Rikki Kersten and David Williams, eds., The Left in the Shaping of Japanese Democracy: Essays in Honour of J.A.A. Stockwin (London: Routledge, 2006), pp. 117-139.
“Interaction Effects in Mixed-Member Electoral Systems: Theory and Evidence from Germany, Japan, and Italy,” Comparative Political Studies 35:10 (December 2002), pp. 1027-1053 (with Karen Cox) .
“Domestic Politics,” in Steven K. Vogel, ed., U.S.-Japan Relations in a Changing World (Washington, D.C.: Brookings, 2002), pp. 94-124.
“Globalization and the Squeeze on the Middle Class: Does Any Version of the Postwar Social Contract Meet the Challenge?” in Olivier Zunz, Leonard Schoppa, and Nobuhiro Hiwatari, eds., Social Contracts Under Stress: the Middle Classes of America, Europe, and Japan at the Turn of the Century (New York: Russell Sage, 2002), pp. 319-344.
“Locating the LDP and Koizumi in Policy Space: A Party System Ripe for Realignment,” Social Science Japan 22 (December 2001), pp. 9-15.
“Japan, The Reluctant Reformer,” Foreign Affairs (September/October 2001), pp. 76-90.
“The Social Context in Coercive International Bargaining,” International Organization 53:2 (Spring 1999), pp. 307-342.
“Two Level Games and Bargaining Outcomes: Why Gaiatsu Succeeds in Japan in Some Cases and Not Others,” International Organization 47:3 (Summer 1993), pp. 353-386.
“Zoku Power and L.D.P. Power: A Case Study of the Zoku Role in Education Policy,” Journal of Japanese Studies 17:1 (Winter 1991), pp. 79-106.
“The Slow Way Home” (documentary, 56 minutes) – produced by Skye Fitzgerald and written by Leonard Schoppa, released in 2015. Trailer online at vimeo.com/104682837. Broadcast on PBS stations in May and June 2016, in metro areas including New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Miami.
Book Review of Marketcraft: How Governments Make Markets Work, by Steven K. Vogel, in Journal of Japanese Studies 45:2 (Summer 2019), pp. 467-470.
Book Review of Political Corruption and Scandals in Japan, by Matthew M. Carlson and Steven R. Reed, in Perspectives on Politics 17:1 (March 2019), pp. 278-279.
Book Review of The Rise and Fall of Japan’s LDP, by Ellis Krauss and Robert Pekkanen; and Welfare and Capitalism in Postwar Japan, by Margarita Estevez-Abe, in Perspectives on Politics 11:1 (March 2013), pp. 242-244.
Book Review of Japan’s Aggressive Legalism, by Saadia Pekkanen, in International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 10:1 (January 2010), pp. 192-195.
Book Review of Welfare and Capitalism in Postwar Japan, by Margarita Estevez-Abe, in the Journal of Japanese Studies 36:1 (Winter 2010), pp. 97-101.
Book Review of One World of Welfare: Japan in Comparative Perspective, by Gregory J. Kasza, in Japan Forum 20:3 (2008), pp. 447-449.
Book Review of Shirahase Sawako, Shoshi Korei Shakai no Mienai Kakusa (Invisible Inequalities in an Aging, Low Fertility Society) in the Social Science Japan Journal 11:1 (Summer 2008), pp. 178-180.
Film Review of Campaign (Senkyo) in Asian Educational Media Service News and Reviews, Winter 2008, pp. 7-8.
Book Review of Aurelia George Mulgan, Japan’s Interventionist State: The Role of the MAFF in the Journal of Japanese Studies 32:2 (Summer 2006), pp. 442-445.
Book Review of Harold Fuess, Divorce in Japan: Family, Gender, and the State, 1600-2000 in the Law and Politics Book Review 14:10 (October 2004), pp. 776-779.
Book Review of Christina Davis, Food Fights over Free Trade: How International Institutions Promote Agricultural Trade Liberalization in International Studies Review 6:3 (September 2004), pp. 457-459.
Book Review of S. Javed Maswood, Japan in Crisis in the Journal of Japanese Studies 30:2 (Summer 2004), pp. 571-573.
Book Review of Robert Aspinall, Teachers’ Unions and the Politics of Education in Japan in the Journal of Japanese Studies 29:1 (2003), pp. 113-116.
Book Review of Tachibanaki Toshiaki, Nihon no Keizai Kakusa: Shotoku to Shisan kara Kangaeru in Social Science Japan Journal 4:1 (April 2001), pp. 143-146.
Book Review of Frank Schwartz, Advice and Consent: The Politics of Consultation in Japan inthe Journal of Japanese Studies 26:1 (Winter 2000), pp. 279-283.
Book Review of Gerald Curtis, The Logic of Japanese Politics; and T.J. Pempel, Regime Shift inthe American Political Science Review 94:3 (September 2000), pp. 735-737.
Book Review of Richard Katz, Japan: The System That Soured in Japan Quarterly (January-March 1999), pp. 90-92.
Book Review of Masaaki Kotabe and Kent Wheiler, Anticompetitive Practices in Japan in The Journal of Asian Studies 57:4 (November 1998).
Book Review of Masaru Kohno, Japan’s Postwar Party Politics in the Canadian Journal of Political Science (1998).
Long Book Review of Scott Callon, Divided Sun; Brian Woodall, Japan Under Construction; and Mark Tilton, Restrained Trade in the Journal of Politics (August 1997).
Opinion and Analysis for a General Audience
“Japan” entry for the Encyclopedia Britannica Books of the Year for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
“A Vote Against the DPJ, Not in Favor of the LDP,” CSIS Japan Chair Platform, December 17, 2012, online.
“A Campaign Memoir: Why Now?” The Oriental Economist, September 2009, pp. 6-7.
“Kono kiki o ‘riyo shite’ rodo shijo o kaikaku seyo,” Asahi Shimbun, April 6, 2009, p. G-6.
“Japan’s Declining Population: The Perspective of Japanese Women on the “Problem” and “Solutions,” Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Asia Program Special Report, July 2008, pp. 6-10.
“Engaging China and India: An Economic Agenda for Japan and the United States (A Binational Study Group Report)—I served as primary author of this document which grew out of a series of two conferences organized by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The Pacific Council on International Policy, and the Japan Economic Foundation, released in October 2006.
“Testimony before the House Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific,” April 20, 2005.
“Long-term Strategy Needed for Mounting Issues: A Labor Market Big Bang,” Daily Yomiuri, April 6, 2004.
(Version of this article that appeared in Japanese in the Yomiuri Shimbun on April 3, 2004).
“Car Fixation Shouldn’t Determine Plans,” Daily Progress (Charlottesville), July 30, 2003, p. B8.
“Interview/Leonard Schoppa: Economically Weak Japan Still Has Role to Play,” asahi.com, April 22, 2002.
(Version of this article that appeared in Japanese in the Asahi Shimbun on April 4, 2002).
“Ignite Japan’s Service Sector,” Japan Times, August 5, 2001 (with Herman Schwartz).
“Voters Face Complex Choices at Polls,” Daily Yomiuri, July 27, 2001.
“’GI Bill’ Needed for Corporate Japan,” Daily Yomiuri, July 14, 2001.
“On a Collision Course With Japan,” Chicago Tribune, June 2, 1995 (with Herman Schwartz).
“Views from the Inside: Mansfield Fellows Evaluate Popular Commentary on Japanese Politics,” Asia Perspectives 1:2 (December 1998), pp. 4-20.
“Testimony Before the House Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific,” October 30, 1995.
FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges Project (2013-2014 – $360,000) – provided funding to organize conferences and outreach to provide faculty at several Virginia community colleges with continuing education on “Understanding the Non-West.”
United States – Japan Foundation Grant (2013-15 – $80,000) – provided funding to produce a documentary film title “Slow Way Home” contrasting the ways in which children travel to school in Japan and the United States.
Japan Foundation Institutional Support Grant (2009-2014, $150,000) – provided funding to support the appointment of a second Japan historian and provide the newly-hired scholar with library resources.
Center for Global Partnership Special Grant (2011 – $10,000), administered by the Japan Foundation and providing support for a study tour to Tokyo for myself and three collaborators who are interesting in comparing the ways Japanese and American communities support the ability of school children to walk to school.
Center for Global Partnership Book Project Grant (2004-2005 – $10,000), administered by the Japan Foundation and providing support for three months writing time in the summer of 2004 and a conference in October on the topic of my Race for the Exits book project.
Japan Foundation Short-term Research Grant (2002), administered by the Japan Foundation and providing support for three weeks of research in Tokyo.
Fulbright Research Fellowship (2000-01), administered and funded by the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission and the Council for International Educational Exchange and providing full support for an academic year to allow focused work on research and writing.
Abe Fellowship (1993-94), administered by the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies and funded by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and providing full support for an academic year to allow focused work on research and writing.
Reischauer Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship (1989-90), awarded by the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University and providing full support for an academic year to allow a concentrated post-doctoral year to work on research and writing.
Rhodes Scholarship (1985-88), awarded by the Rhodes Trust, Oxford University, and providing full support for three years of graduate study and travel funds for fieldwork in Japan.
University of Virginia Summer Research Grant (1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006), awarded by the University of Virginia in support of summer research projects.
Sesquicentennial Fellowship (1994, 2000, 2007), awarded by the University of Virginia and providing a semester off from teaching to allow focused work on research.
Northeast Asian Council Short-term Travel Grant (1992, 1999), awarded by the Association for Asian Studies Northeast Asian Council.
Weedon Foundation Travel Grant (1992, 1996, 2007), awarded by the Weedon Fund based at the University of Virginia.
Bankard Fund for Political Economy Grant (1999), awarded by the Bankard Fund based at the University of Virginia.
MANUSCRIPT REVIEWS FOR:
International Organization, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Governance, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Review of International Political Economy, Polity, Asian Survey, Journal of Gender Studies, Japanese Journal of Political Science, Cambridge University Press, Princeton University Press,Cornell University Press, Columbia University Press, Stanford University Press, Oxford University Press, University of Michigan Press, University of Hawaii Press, Lynne Reiner, Congressional Quarterly Press, and Routledge.
PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS (in chronological order / since 2005)
- “Exit, Voice, and Family Policy,” talk presented at the University of Illinois, March 4, 2005.
- “Taking Exit and Voice Seriously: Explaining the Pattern of Japan’s Economic and Social Policy Reforms,” talk presented at Cornell University, March 8, 2005.
- “Can Japan Continue Expanding its Defense Role through Salami-Slice Tactics?” talk presented at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, June 10, 2005.
- “Exit, Voice, and Women’s Movements in an Era of Low Fertility,” a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Washington, DC, on September 1-4, 2005.
- “The Trajectory of Japanese Politics after the 9/11 Election,” lecture delivered at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, October 2005.
- “The Rise of National Sentiments in Japan,” talk presented at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, November 3, 2005.
- “Exit, Voice, and Reform of Male Breadwinner Social Structures: Low Fertility Equilibrium in Japan and Italy,” paper delivered at the University of Delaware, March 6, 2006; at the University of Washington, November 13, 2006; and again at the University of Pittsburgh, October 8, 2007.
- “Japan’s Grand Strategy: Still Relying on the US After All of These Years,” lecture for Seminar XXI: US National Security Policy (short course for US government personnel), organized by Bob Art at Airlie House, VA, April 28-30, 2006.
- “The Koizumi Succession in Historical Context,” paper presented at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Panel on Considering a Post-Koizumi Japan in Washington, DC, May 31, 2006.
- “Path Dependence and the Evolution of Japan’s Party System Since 1993,” paper presented at the tri-annual meeting of the International Political Science Association in Fukuoka, Japan, July 11, 2006.
- “Japan: The State Of Politics and Prospects for Economic Policy,” comments prepared for a seminar at the State Department in Washington, DC, on the incoming Abe cabinet, September 12, 2006.
- “Race for the Exits: The Unraveling of Japan’s System of Social Protection,” book promotion talk at Oxford University as part of the Nissan Institute 25th Anniversary Celebration, September 22, 2006.
- “After Koizumi: Where Will Prime Minister Abe Lead Japan,” lecture for the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth in Dallas, November 17, 2006.
- “Japan: The Abe Administration” comments prepared for a State Department conference on this topic, November 20, 2006.
- “Japanese Nationalist Resurgence or Populist Politics?” comments on a panel on changes in regional political relations at the 4th Annual Meeting of the US-Asia Pacific Council, organized by the East-West Center in Washington, DC, November 30, 2006.
- “The Japanese Economy before and after the Lost Decade,” lecture delivered to Robin White’s class at the State Department Foreign Service Institute, February 15, 2007.
- “Gaiatsu, Learning, and Japan’s Emerging Economic Liberalism,” paper presented at the Yale University Conference on Japan and the World, March 9-10, 2007.
- Delivered prepared comments for the Yomiuri International Symposium on “Japan’s Decision: Social Security and Public Finance” in Tokyo, September 14, 2007.
- “Exit, Voice, and Reform of Male Breadwinner Social Structures: Low Fertility Equilibrium in Japan and Italy,” paper delivered at the University of Pittsburgh, October 8, 2007.
- “The Nationalists’ Dilemma,” paper presented at a conference on “Japan’s New Nationalism: How Japan’s National Identity is Changing at Home and Abroad,” organized by Thomas Berger and Jim Hollifield and hosted at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, February 1, 2008.
- “The Japanese Economy before and after the Lost Decade,” lecture delivered to Robin White’s class at the State Department Foreign Service Institute, March 6, 2008.
- Discussant on panel “What’s Left? What’s Right? Social Movements and Politics in Contemporary Japan” at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Atlanta, April 5, 2008.
- Panelist for a Symposium on “Japan’s Declining Population: Clearly a Problem, but What’s the Solution,” organized by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Asia Program, April 24, 2008.
- “Greener Grass and Local Civic Engagement: The Effects of Housing Market Structures on Politics in the United States and Japan,” lecture delivered at Harvard University for their Contemporary Japanese Politics Study Group, February 6, 2009.
- “The Japanese Economy before and after the Lost Decade,” lecture delivered to Robin White’s class at the State Department Foreign Service Institute, March 5, 2009—with similar presentations delivered in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
- Discussant on panel “The Politics of Shoushika” at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Chicago, March 27, 2009.
- “Greener Grass and Local Civic Engagement: The Effects of Housing Market Structures on Politics in the United States and Japan,” paper delivered at the UCLA Conference on Japan’s Politics and Economy, September 11-12, 2009.
- “Feminism as the New Natalism: 21st Century Prescriptions for Addressing Low Fertility,” paper delivered at the Social Trends Institute’s Conference on Whither the Child? Causes, Consequences, & Solutions to Low Fertilityin Barcelona, March 11-13, 2010.
- Discussant on a paper and one of the UVA delegates at the Conference on “Chinese Models of Development: Domestic and Global Aspects,” at the Academia Sinica Institute of Political Science in Taiwan, November 3-5, 2011.
- “The Greek Financial Crisis,” guest lecture for the Global Development Organization at UVA, Charlottesville, VA, on February 6, 2012.
- “Japan’s Declining Population: Clearly a Problem, But What’s the Solution?” lecture delivered in Los Angeles, CA, at the University of Southern California, February 23, 2012.
- “Residential Mobility and Local Civic Engagement in Japan and the United States,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers for a special series of panels convened on “Japanese Cities in Global Networks”, in New York City on February 25, 2012.
- “Japan’s New Party in Power: How Could the DPJ Defeat the LDP and Be So Poor at Governing?” lecture delivered in Dallas, TX, for a group of students and local residents gathered by the Tower Center of Southern Methodist University and the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, March 6, 2012.
- “Japan Caught in the Headlights: Will it Change to Deal with Debt, Aging, and Low Fertility? Or Will it Get Run Over?” lecture delivered in Fort Worth, TX, at Texas Christian University, March 6, 2012.
- Discussant on Panel on “Social Policy Responses in Japan and South Korea to Immigration and Demographic Change” at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, IL, on April 12, 2012.
- OLLI Seminar on “Japan: Culture and Foreign Policy,” Charlottesville, VA, on April 18, 2012.
- “Residential Mobility and Local Civic Engagement in Japan and the United States,” paper presented at the Washington and Southeast Regional Japan Seminar at American University in Washington, DC, on April 28, 2012.
- Keeping the Streets Safe for Children: Residential Mobility and Local Civic Engagement in Japan and the United States,” lecture for Harvard University’s U.S.-Japan Program, in Cambridge, MA, on October 16, 2012.
- “Koizumi’s Legacy: Far Short of Reagan and Thatcher,” paper presented at a conference on the legacy of the Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi at Southern Methodist University, organized by Hiroki Takeuchi and Diana Newton, Dallas, TX, November 8-9, 2012.
- Keynote Speaker for the 2012 Waseda Organization for Japan – United States Studies International Symposium on “Japan-U.S. Partnership and Prospects of Asian Regional Cooperation.” My lecture was titled “How to Leverage Regional Trade Negotiations to Take Asian Economies to the Next Level,” and was delivered at Waseda University in Tokyo, on November 26, 2012.
- “Keeping the Streets Safe for Children: Residential Mobility and Local Civic Engagement in Japan and the United States,” lecture for Johns Hopkins University’s East Asian Lecture Series, in Baltimore, MD, on February 27, 2013.
- Presenter on the U.S.-Japan Research Institute’s panel on “The U.S. Pivot to Asia and Japan, China, and Korea – How Can New Leaders in Northeast Asia Maintain the Regional Peace? (Part 1: America’s TPP, CJK’s Trilateral FTA, and Domestic Adjuctment Problems)” in Washington, DC, on February 28, 2013.
- “The Japanese Economy before and after the Lost Decade,” lecture delivered to Robin White’s class at the State Department Foreign Service Institute, March 7, 2012.
- “Diagnosing the Decline in Fertility Rates in Japan and Other Low Fertility Nations: Feminism as the New Natalism?” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in San Diego, CA, on March 22, 2013.
- Discussant for a paper presented by Hans-Peter Kohler, the Frederick Warren Professor of Demography at the University of Pennsylvania, at the University of Virginia on “The Future of Fertility: The Impact of Gender Equality on Fertility in the Developed World,” on March 26, 2013.
- “Taiwan, China, and Japan: Can Taiwan Help?,” presentation prepared for the Conference organized by Brantly Womack at the Miller Center on “Taiwan Inclusive: Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges,” November 16, 2013.
- “The Decline in Fertility Rates in Japan and Other Low Fertility Nations: Can We Diagnose and Cure this Disease?” paper delivered at Oxford University’s Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, February 28, 2014.
- “Nationalism is a Two-Edged Sword,” paper delivered at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC, March 5, 2014.
- “The Japanese Economy before and after the Lost Decade,” lecture delivered to Robin White’s class at the State Department Foreign Service Institute, March 6, 2014.
- “The Voting Clout of the Elderly in Japan,” presentation on a panel organized by the Japan Chair at Brookings, December 3, 2014.
- Discussant on two panels at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, March 28-29, 2015. One was on Prime Minister Abe’s “Womenomics” initiative, and the other was on elections and parties in Japan.
- “The Nationalist Dilemma: The Politics of Nationalism,” presented at a conference at Southern Methodist University in March 2015 on the topic of nationalism in contemporary Japan under the new Abe administration. The paper is due to be included in a volume edited by Thomas Berger and Hiroki Takeuchi.
- Member of a Roundtable on the Future Japanese Studies at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Seattle, April 1-3, 2016.
- Lectured on the Japanese Economy for a group of Foreign Service Officers being detailed to Japan, at the Foreign Service Institute (May 26 and August 17, 2016).
- Briefed a gathering of intelligence officials organized by the CIA on developments in Japanese politics and economics and projected scenarios for the future (June 27 and August 17, 2016).
- Spoke at a public information session about Japanese Politics on a panel organized by the US-Japan Research Institute, on Capitol Hill, September 12, 2016.
- Member of a Roundtable on “What Does the Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy Mean for US-Japan Relations and for Japan’s Foreign Relations with its Neighbors?” at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Toronto, March 16-19, 2017.
- Screenings and Discussions of “Slow Way Home” (documentary film) at Harvard University (2016); University of Virginia (2016); University of Oregon (2016); Portland, Oregon (2016); University of Michigan (2017); University of Pennsylvania (2017); Wesleyan University (2017); the DIJ in Tokyo (2017); University of Oxford (November 23, 2018), University of Hamburg (November 27, 2018) and University of Edinburgh (February 27, 2019).
Co-Chair of the Education Review Committee for CULCON, responsible for follow-up on international agreement to double two-way stunt exchange between the U.S. and Japan (2016-present).
Commissioner on the United States – Japan Friendship Commission (2013-present).
Faculty Mentor for the Mansfield Foundation’s “US-Japan Network for the Future” Program, working with four cohorts of young faculty (2009-present).
Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee member for District 6 (Virginia and Georgia), 2009-2015.
Japan Foundation American Advisory Committee member, 2004-2012.
Head of the Japan Political Studies Group (2002-2007)—JPSG is a group of approximately 300 political scientists with an interest in Japanese politics that sponsors panels at Association for Asian Studies and American Political Science Association Meetings and maintains JP-Central, a website with information on Japanese politics (jpcentral.virginia.edu).
Chair of the American Fulbright selection committee for Japan / Korea Research Grants in Fall 2006; Served as a member of this committee in 2004 and 2005 as well.
Japanese Fulbright interview and selection committee, October 1993 and December 2000.
Faculty Mentor for the Social Science Research Council’s Japanese Studies Dissertation Workshops held over five-day periods in 2002 and 2003.
Screener for the Social Science Research Council’s International Fieldwork Dissertation Fellowships, 1997-98, ’98-99, and ’99-2000.
Nitobe Fellowship interview and selection committee, December 1993.
Member of the Routledge Nissan Institute Japan Series Editorial Board (1993-2012).
UNIVERSITY SERVICE OTHER THAN ADMIN POSITIONS LISTED ABOVE
Search Committee for the Senior Director of Budget and Planning for Arts and Sciences (2016)
Search Committee for the Senior Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences (2015)
UVA Faculty Senate, 2011-2012
University Transportation and Parking Committee (2002-2012)
College Committee on Study Abroad (2012)
College Committee on Undergraduate Education (2011-2014)
Comparative Politics Search Committee Chair (2006)
University Committee on Curriculum and Educational Policy (2002-2007; chair from 2005-2007)
Politics Department Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid Committee (2003-2006)
University Library Committee (2001-2002)
Asian Studies MA Program Admissions Committee Chair (1996-97; 2001-03, 2009-10)
Director of the East Asia Center (1997-2000)
Director of the Department of Politics Midcareer Executive Program (1999-2000)
Chair of the UVA Rhodes Scholarship Nominating Committee (1996-2000)
Member of the University Commission on Internationalization (1999-2000)
Member of the Building Committee for the Conversion of Gildersleeve into an Asian Language House (1998-1999)
Politics Department Undergraduate Curriculum Reform Committee Chair (1996-97)
Comparative Politics–China Search (1991-1992)
Comparative Politics–Western Europe Search (1992-1993)
International Relations–Diplomat in Residence Search (1997-1998)
COURSES TAUGHT (Most Recent Term Noted)
FORU 1500 Community and Mobility Forum Seminar for First-Year Students (co-taught with Shige Oishi in Fall 2016)
PLIR 100Z The Rise of New Great Powers (Fall 2008 Semester at Sea Global Studies Class)
PLAD 890 Lansing-Lee Seminar in Global Politics (Academic Year 2006-2007)
President of the Board, Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation (2006-2012) – ACCT was a Charlottesville local non-profit that promotes alternative modes of transportation: biking, walking, and transit. We helped establish “Safe Routes to School” programs at local schools and promote infrastructure investments to make walking to school a safer and more popular choice. We pressured local governments to invest in bike lanes, bike paths, sidewalks, and transit and promote these modes through educational and outreach activities. I served on the board since 2001.
Chair of the Climate Protection Subcommittee of the Charlottesville Committee for Environmental Sustainability (2007-2008) – We advised the mayor and city council on steps needed to meet Charlottesville’s commitments to bring carbon emissions down to 1990 levels by 2012 under the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement.
Member of the Charlottesville Strategic Planning Task Force (2005-2006).
Meet Director and Parent Leader of the City Swim Team (2002-2007).