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US-Japan Network for the Future 2014

Cohort III Participant Bios


Please note that the titles and affiliations of each individual are from the time of selection and may not reflect any changes that might have occurred since then.

Liv Coleman is assistant professor of government and world affairs 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. 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.
Dr. Coleman received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her B.A. from Smith College.

Shinju Fujihira is the Executive Director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA), at Harvard University. He has worked at the Program since 2004 and was an Advanced Research Fellow during the 2002-03 academic year. At the WCFIA, he was also a National Security Fellow at the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. His research examined the financial origins of great power rivalry, and Japanese politics and foreign policy. He is the author of “Legacies of the Abe Administration” and “Can Japanese Democracy Cope with China’s Rise?” (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars), and his interview on Japan’s partisan conflict and foreign policy has appeared in the Asahi Shimbun. His responsibilities include supporting faculty, students, and Associates on their research projects; planning seminars and study groups; liaison with ministries, business, media, and foundations; and developing new internship opportunities for Harvard College students. Prior to his current position, he was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. 
Dr. Fujihira received his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University and his B.A. in Government from Cornell University.

Benjamin Goldberg is a Japan analyst at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, where 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 October 2011. Previously, Mr. Goldberg 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, he 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. 
Mr. Goldberg earned a B.A. in east Asian Studies from  Haverford College.

Shihoko Goto is the Northeast Asia associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Asia Program, where she is responsible for research, programming, and publications on Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, focusing on economic issues in particular. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, she spent over ten years as a journalist writing about the international political economy with an emphasis on Asian markets. As a correspondent for Dow Jones News Service and United Press International based in Tokyo and Washington, she has reported extensively on policies impacting the global financial system as well as international trade. Ms. Goto is currently a contributing editor to The Globalist, and she provides analysis for a number of media organizations including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and the Washington Times. 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. 
Ms. Goto has an M.A. in international political theory from Waseda University’s School of Political Science, and a B.A. in modern history from the University of Oxford.

Tobias Harris is an analyst of Japanese politics and economics at Teneo Intelligence, a political risk advisory firm. Prior to joining Teneo, Mr. Harris was an independent analyst of Japanese politics and creator of the blog "Observing Japan."  In this capacity, he provided running commentary on the Japanese political situation and its effect on foreign and economic policy. He has written articles on Japanese politics for publications like the Wall Street Journal Asia, Foreign Policy, and the Far Eastern Economic Review and provided on-air analysis for CNBC, Bloomberg, NHK, and Al Jazeera International. He has also been an invited speaker at events hosted by the Economist, Morgan Stanley, the Naval War College, and the Japan Society of New York. 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 M. Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and his B.A. from Brandeis University.

Levi McLaughlin is Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at North Carolina State University. He has worked as a research assistant at Kokugakuin University in Tokyo, taught previously 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. Dr. McLaughlin’s research focuses primarily on religion in modern and contemporary Japan and considers what Japanese religions tell us about how religious institutions, doctrines, practices, and dispositions take shape in the contexts of politics, education, and other spheres. He has spent over a decade as a non-member participant observer of Sokka Gakkai, Japan’s largest new religious movement, and his publications and presentations to date have centered on grassroots-level experiences of Sokka Gakkai members in Japan and how this organization challenges widely accepted parameters of “religion.” His most recent scholarship expands beyond Sokka Gakkai and new religious movements to investigate religious responses to the compound disasters in Japan of March 11, 2011. 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" (forthcoming in 2014 from the Institute of East Asian Studies Japan Research Monograph Series); is co-authoring and co-editing a special issue titled "Salvage and Salvation: Religion, Disaster Relief, and Reconstruction in Asia"; and is completing a book manuscript titled "Sokka Gakkai: Buddhism and Romantic Heroism in Modern Japan."
Dr. McLaughlin received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and he holds an M.A.and a B.A. from the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto.

Emer O’Dwyer is assistant professor of Japanese history in the Departments of History and East Asian Studies at Oberlin College. She specializes in twentieth century Japanese history with research interests in imperial, urban, and social history. Her forthcoming book manuscript is titled, "Significant Soil: Empire, Urbanism, and the Politics of Settler Colonialism in Japanese Manchuria, 1905-1937."  Her second book project explores Japanese experiences of the immediate post-defeat period, 1945-1947. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies during the 2010-2011 academic year, and a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress between 2011 and 2012.
Dr. O’Dwyer holds a Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages as well as an A.B. in East Asian Studies from Harvard.

Ian Rinehart is an Analyst in Asian Affairs at the Congressional Research Service. He provides 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. Mr.Rinehart has worked at the research consultancy Washington Core, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and the Social Science Research Council. 
Mr. Rinehart received an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College.

Daniel M. Smith is an 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 is focused primarily on political parties, elections, and coalition government in contemporary Japan. He 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 research has appeared in the Annual Review of Political Science, Japan Decides 2012: The Japanese General Election (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013),"Japan Under the DPJ: The Politics of Transition and Governance" (Shorenstein APARC, 2013), and "Komeito: Religion and Politics in Japan" (Institute of East Asian Studies at U.C. Berkeley, forthcoming in 2014).
Dr. Smith received a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science are from the University of California, San Diego, and a B.A. in political science and Italian from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Nathaniel M. Smith is an assistant professor of East Asian Studies 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 Ph.D. in anthropology and M.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University, an M.A. in International Relations from Waseda University, and a B.A. in Foreign Language from the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Language from the University of California, Riverside.

Michael Strausz is an Associate Professor of political science at Texas Christian University. 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 also wrote a chapter in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia.
Dr. Strausz earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington (Seattle), and his B.A. in international relations and Japanese from Michigan State University. 

Hiroki Takeuchi is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Sun & Star Program on Japan 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. 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 interactions between domestic politics and international relations in the Sino-Japanese relations. Dr. Takeuchi is a regular contributor to Foresight, an online Japanese journal.
Dr. Takeuchi received his Ph.D. of Political Science from UCLA, his M.A. of Asian Studies from University of California at Berkeley, and his B.A. of Economics from Keio University, Japan.

Kiyoteru Tsutsui is Associate Professor of Sociology and Program Director of Human Rights Initiative 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 expansion of corporate social responsibility and its impact on Japanese corporations, global human rights and three minority social movements in Japan, changing discourses about the Asia-Pacific War in Japan, transformation of minority rights stipulations in national constitutions across the globe, and the rise of truth and reconciliation commissions in the world. 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. He co-edited with Alwyn Lim a forthcoming book "Corporate Social Responsibility in a Globalizing World" (Cambridge University Press). He has been a recipient of the Abe Fellowship, Stanford Japan Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and is a Scott M. Johnson Fellow of the US-Japan Leadership Program.
Dr. Tsutsui received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

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