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US-Japan Network for the Future 2011

Cohort II Participant Bios

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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 a BA 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 is 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 currently serves on the Council on Foreign Relations Working Group on the U.S.-Japan Alliance and the Mansfield Foundation Task Force on Creating a Contemporary U.S.-Japan Vision for Shared Progress and Prosperity.
Ms. Chanlett-Avery received an MA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and her BA from Amherst College.

Erin Chung is the Charles D. Miller assistant professor of East Asian politics and co-director of the Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship Program in the department of political science at Johns Hopkins University. She was an advanced research fellow at Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relation, a Japan Foundation fellow at Saitama University in Urawa, Japan, and a visiting research fellow at the University of Tokyo and Korea University. Her research interests include international migration, comparative ethnic and racial politics, citizenship, and civil society. Her first book, Immigration and Citizenship in Japan (Cambridge University Press, 2010), examines how the strategic interaction between state efforts to control immigration and grassroots movements by multi-generational Korean resident activists to empower the foreign community have shaped contemporary immigration and citizenship politics in Japan. In 2009, Dr. Chung was awarded an Abe Fellowship by the Social Science Research Council to conduct research in Japan and Korea for her second book project on immigrant incorporation in ethnic democracies.
Dr. Chung received her PhD in political science from Northwestern University.

Annika A. Culver serves as assistant professor of Asian history and Asian studies coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). She has also taught at the University of Chicago, Skidmore College, and Beijing University, with research and teaching interests in Japanese cultural imperialism, wartime Sino-Japanese cultural relations, and U.S.-Asian interactions since the mid-19th century. She has published articles, essays on teaching, and book reviews for History Compass, U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal (USJWJ), Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs (SJEAA), Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians (JNCAH), Association for Asian Studies Newsletter, and Perspectives (Overseas Young Chinese Forum), and has a forthcoming book entitled Japanese “Avant-Garde” Propaganda in Manchukuo: Modernist Reflections of the New State, 1932-1945.
Dr. Culver received a BA from Vassar College and her MA in regional studies East Asia from Harvard University. She was a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow at Waseda University and holds a PhD in modern Japanese intellectual history from the University of Chicago.

Dyron Dabney is an assistant professor in the department of political science at Albion College in Michigan. His research and teaching interests include campaigns and elections, political parties, political participation, and elite politics. While specializing in Japanese politics, Dr. Dabney’s research and teaching interests invite comparative analysis of East Asian politics and culture and American politics. Dr. Dabney’s present-day research is motivated and informed by interdisciplinary studies that bring into focus gendered differences in political participation and behavior. His current research projects include an examination of spousal participation effects on election campaign outcomes in Japan and the U.S. and gender and election campaign corruption in Japan and the U.S.
Dr. Dabney holds a PhD in comparative politics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He currently serves as a board of directors member of ASIANetwork, and is an advisory committee member and the 2011-2012 resident director for Japan Study at Waseda University, Tokyo.

Linda Hasunuma is an assistant professor at Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Hasunuma specializes in East Asian, comparative, and international politics. Prior to coming to Franklin and Marshall in 2010, Dr. Hasunuma was a professor and lecturer at Loyola Marymount University, Pepperdine University, and the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include Japan’s local governments, civil society, and Japan’s relationship with its regional neighbors, and in particular, the Korean Peninsula and Russia. She is currently working on a project examining the role of local environmental movements on national energy policies since the March 11th disasters. Dr. Hasunuma is the recipient of a number of grants and awards, including the Sasakawa Grant and Aratani Fellowship.
Dr. Hasunuma received her BA and PhD from University of California, Los Angeles with concentrations in comparative politics and international relations.

Jeffrey Hornung is an associate professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS). His area of expertise includes East Asian security issues, primarily those related to Japan and the U.S.-Japan alliance. His interests at APCSS focus on maritime security. Prior to joining APCSS, Dr. Hornung served as a postdoctoral researcher at the Ohio State University’s East Asian Studies Center, where he taught courses on the international relations of Japan, government and politics of Japan, and international relations of East Asia. Previously, he served as a research assistant at George Washington University for a project entitled Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific.
In addition to three years of teaching English in Japan, Dr. Hornung also worked for a member of the House of Representatives during the 2001 House of Councilors election. Additionally, he spent 15 months on a Fulbright Fellowship conducting his doctoral research at the University of Tokyo, where he was a visiting scholar.
Dr. Hornung received his PhD in political science from the George Washington University. He received his BA in political science and international affairs from Marquette University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Dr. Hornung also holds an MA in international relations with a concentration in Japan Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

David Jänes is the director of foundation grants and assistant to the president at the United States-Japan Foundation. He also works on broader Asia-wide projects including U.S.-Japan-China relations. During his tenure at the Foundation, Mr. Jänes created the Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Awards and founded the Reischauer Scholars Program that is directed by Stanford University. Previously, Mr. Jänes served as director of college and university relations for the International Partnership for Service-Learning & Leadership. Mr. Jänes is a trustee of the Japan ICU Foundation; a board member of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center; a board member of Saeko Ichinohe and Company, Inc.; a Scott M. Johnson Fellow of the United States-Japan Leadership Program; and a Fellow of the British-American Project.
Mr. Jänes holds a BA from Mary Washington College where he graduated summa cum laude, an MA in Asian religions from the University of Hawaii, and an MA in international affairs and a certificate in the advanced study of nonviolent conflict from the Fletcher School. Mr. Jänes is also a graduate of the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Japan. Mr. Jänes is concurrently pursuing a doctorate in sociology at The New School for Social Research, where he is focusing on civil society in Japan.

Weston Konishi is associate director of Asia-Pacific studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA), where he specializes in Japan and Asia policy issues. Before joining IFPA, he was an adjunct fellow at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. In 2009, he served as an analyst in Asian affairs at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), authoring Japan’s Historic 2009 Elections: Implications for U.S. Interests, the first report to Congress focusing on the Democratic Party of Japan. He was also principal author of the CRS report, South Korea: Its Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy Outlook. From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Konishi was a Council on Foreign Relations/Hitachi International Affairs fellow in Japan, conducting research on Japanese foreign and defense policies at the Tokyo-based Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS) and the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS). From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Konishi served as director of programs at the Mansfield Foundation, where he oversaw the Foundation’s exchanges, policy dialogues, research projects, and development activities. From 2000 to 2008, Mr. Konishi was a monthly contributing columnist on regional affairs for The Daily Yomiuri.
Mr. Konishi received his BA and MA from the International Christian University in Mitaka, Tokyo, where he was awarded a Monbusho (Ministry of Education) Scholarship. He is a member of the United States Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (USCSCAP) and a participant in numerous leadership forums, including the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Society.

Kenji Kushida is a postdoctoral fellow at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. He is also an affiliated researcher at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE). Dr. Kushida’s research focuses on comparative political economy — political and regulatory issues surrounding information technology, foreign direct investment, Cloud Computing, and the IT-enabled transformation of services activities. Geographically, he focuses mostly on Japan, Korea, and the US. He has written two books 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. He received a BA and MA in East Asian Studies from Stanford University.

Mary McCarthy is an assistant professor at Drake University. Dr. McCarthy joined the politics department in the fall of 2007. Her research and teaching interests include the influence of domestic politics on foreign policymaking, the interaction between the state and the market, the relationship between bureaucrats and politicians, the role of the media in the political system, and the impact of environmental degradation and resource depletion on international and national security. Her regional focus is East Asia.
Dr. McCarthy received her MA and PhD degrees in political science, as well as her BA degree in East Asian studies, from Columbia University.

Kenneth McElwain is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. He studies the comparative politics of institutional design, particularly in Japan and other advanced industrialized democracies. His current book manuscript examines how partisan incentives influence the initial selection and subsequent manipulation of electoral systems, and how these choices can help unpopular governments to stay in power. Other research topics include the organizational principles of political parties and the procedural complexity of constitutional amendments. Dr. McElwain’s work is motivated by a general interest in asymmetrical party systems: legislatures where one large party coexists with multiple small parties. These cases represent idiosyncrasies in “normal” forms of party competition and have distinctive patterns of government composition, policy, and longevity.
Dr. McElwain joined the political science faculty at Michigan in fall 2008, following post-doctoral appointments at Stanford and Harvard. He was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and he received his A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He received his PhD from Stanford University.

Andrew Oros is an associate professor of political science and international studies at Washington College. Dr. Oros is a specialist on the international and comparative politics of East Asia and the advanced industrial democracies, with an emphasis on contending approaches to managing security. He also serves as director of the first-year student Global Perspectives: Research and Writing seminar program and director of international studies at Washington College. Dr. Oros was on academic leave in China and Japan in fall 2010 where he pursued research on prospects for China-Japan-US security cooperation under a Japan Foundation Abe Fellowship.
Dr. Oros received a PhD and MPhil from Colombia University and a BA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Gene Park is an assistant professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). He specializes in comparative politics, international relations, and political economy. Dr. Park has written extensively on the politics of public finance in Japan including a book entitled Spending without Taxation: FILP and the Politics of Public Finance in Japan (Stanford University Press, 2011). He is currently working on a comparative study of taxation. Prior to arriving at LMU, he taught at Baruch College, City University of New York. Dr. Park has been a Japan Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a Shorenstein Fellow at Stanford University’s Asia Pacific Research Center (APARC). He also spent two years as a visiting scholar at the Japanese Ministry of Finance’s Policy Research Institute.
Dr. Park received his PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Institute of International Education fellowship. He holds a BA in philosophy from Swarthmore College and an MA in city and regional planning from Berkeley.

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