- (812) 855-3224
- Goodbody Hall 320
Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
I was hired in 1985 to enhance the department’s research profile and course offerings in the social sciences, and to strengthen thereby the program’s interdisciplinary and cross-national orientation.My research has produced two books and fifteen articles focused on state-society relations in modern Japan. In the first book, I examined state control over the mass media in interwar Japan. In the second, I expanded a study of Japan’s wartime mass organizations into a comparative project that included China and several other countries. The integration of research on Japan into the broader literature of comparative politics has become something of a mission for me, and my current book project attempts to place Japanese policy toward welfare, industry, and civil liberties in a comparative framework. I regularly do field work in Japan. My teaching includes undergraduate and graduate courses on Japanese politics and business. Though business is not my main research interest, I developed courses on this topic because many of our students pursue East Asian studies for vocational reasons. I also teach the introductory course on East Asian civilization from a modern perspective, integrating history, religion, philosophy, economics, sociology, and political science. It is now the most popular East Asian course among students majoring in business. I added the study of Korea to the class, which had previously covered only China and Japan. I have offered a 100-level course in 19 of the 23 semesters I have taught at IU. When my schedule permits, I also occasionally teach generic graduate courses in political science.