JSIS Japan Studies Faculty



Marie Anchordoguy is a professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and specializes in the political economy of Japan. She received her undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research is focused primarily on the key institutions and policies of Japan’s capitalist system. Her latest book, Reprogramming Japan: The High Tech Crisis Under Communitarian Capitalism (Cornell University Press, 2005), was recently published in Japanese as “Nihon Keizai no Sai-Sekkei: Kyōdōtai Shugi to Haiteku sangyō no mirai.” It examines how the performance of Japan’s high-tech electronics industries and the economy as a whole are affected by the socially embedded nature of Japan's capitalist system, which she calls "communitarian capitalism". Anchordoguy has also published a number of articles in journals such as Business History Review, Research Policy, International Organization, and The Political Science Quarterly. Her current research is on entrepreneurship in Japan. She is Chair of the Japan Studies Program and co-editor of The Journal of Japanese Studies. Anchordoguy teaches an introductory course on contemporary Japan and graduate and undergraduate courses on Japanese business and technology and Japan’s political economy.
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Andrea G. Arai is a lecturer in the Jackson School of International Studies, specializing in socio-cultural anthropology and Japan. She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University in 2004. Dr. Arai’s book manuscript, Recessionary Effects: The Child Problem, Reconfiguring Education and Alternative Futures is under review. The manuscript ethnographically investigates the effects of a two decades long recession on notions of childhood, educational policy, ideologies of cultural difference and the younger generation. Dr. Arai is working on two new ethnographic research projects: “Alternative Spaces and Economies in Japan.” and “Spaces of Possibility: Japan and Korea, in Between and Beyond the Nation.” Alternative Spaces is a project on sustainable communities, reverse migration, and notions of self-sufficiency in Japan and beyond. “Spaces of Possibility” focuses on how the past continues to be reconceived and worked upon at sites of institutionalized memory. Dr. Arai’s fieldsites are a colonial prison converted into a history museum in Seoul, and a folk art museum in Tokyo that features objects from the colonial period. Arai is co-editing a volume from the Spaces of Possibility conference she co-organized in fall, 2012. Arai’s recent publications include, Anagnost, Arai, and Ren, Global Futures in East Asia, (Stanford, 2013), and A. Arai, “Notes to the Heart: New Lessons in Sentiment and Sacrifice from Recessionary Japan,” (same volume). Arai courses at the University of Washington include: The Anthropology of Modern Japan, Education and Family in Japan, Changing Generations in East Asia, Media and Popular Culture, Global Sustainability Movements.

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Donald Hellmann is a professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and the Department of Political Science and Director of the Institute for International Policy (IIP). He received his undergraduate education at Princeton University and holds masters and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Hellmann has been a member of the University of Washington faculty since 1967. Since 1994, he has been director of the University’s APEC Study Center and from 1994–96 he served as chair of the US Consortium of APEC Study Centers. In these capacities, and using the IIP, he has taken the lead in the creation of a region-wide consortium of universities and research centers devoted to cooperative research and practical initiatives regarding regional policy, technology, and development issues in the Pacific Rim. He is currently working on a book concerning integrating Asia into the global political economy and on the creation of an institution on energy cooperation in Northeast Asia. Hellmann has written or edited six major books on Asia and International Relations and published more than sixty articles and monographs. His publications include Japanese Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy (University of California Press, 1969) and From APEC to Xanadu: The Pacific Challenge to the Global Political Economy, which he co-authored with Kenneth B. Pyle (M.E. Sharpe, 1998). Hellmann teaches courses on Japanese government and politics, American foreign policy as well as the international relations of Northeast Asia. 



Robert Pekkanen is an associate professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 2002. He has published articles on Japanese politics in The American Political Science Review, The British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and other journals. His first book, Japan's Dual Civil Society: Members without Advocates (Stanford University Press, 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. His second book (coauthored with Ellis S. Krauss) The Rise and Fall of Japan's LDP: Political Party Organizations as Historical Institutions (Cornell, 2010) investigates the LDP--arguably the most successful political party in any democracy in the 20th Century. Pekkanen also produced a coauthored book in Japanese (Bokutakusha, 2009) on Japan's Neighborhood Associations and Local Governance, and coedited volume from Routledgeon Local Organizations and Urban Goverenance in East and Southeast Asia (with lead editor Benjamin Read). Pekkanen has received a major grant from the National Science Foundation to study how electoral systems shape both legislative organization and what kinds of people earn nominations to run for political office in 8 countries (with Ellis Krauss and Matt Shugart, University of California, San Diego). Pekkanen teaches an introductory class on contemporary Japan and graduate and undergraduate courses on Japanese civil society, politics and political parties.



Saadia M. Pekkanen is founder and Director of the Jackson School Ph.D. Program and the  Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor at the Jackson School of International Studies, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Law where she also teaches courses. Her graduate work includes a Master’s from Columbia University and Yale Law School, and a doctorate from Harvard University. Her areas of research interest include international political economy, international law, space security and policy, and the international relations of Japan/Asia. In addition to several articles, she is the author of Picking Winners? From Technology Catch-up to the Space Race in Japan (Stanford University Press, 2003); Japan’s Aggressive Legalism: Law and Foreign Trade Politics Beyond the WTO (Stanford University Press, 2008); co-editor of Japan and China in the World Political Economy (Routledge, 2005); co-author of In Defense of Japan: From the Market to the Military in Space Policy (Stanford University Press, 2010); editor of Asian Designs: Interests, Identities, and States in External Institutions; and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia (forthcoming Oxford University Press). Her work has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, the Center for Global Partnership (CGP), the Abe Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation (NSF). In 2010, she was selected in a nationwide competition to the First Class of National Asia Research Associates and Fellows for the National Asia Research Program (NARP), launched by the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Kenneth B. Pyle is the Henry M. Jackson Professor of History and Asian Studies and founding president of the National Bureau of Asian Research. Pyle received a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on modern Japan and its history, including The New Generation in Meiji Japan (1969), The Trade Crisis: How Will Japan Respond? (1987), The Japanese Question: Power and Purpose in a New Era (1992), The Making of Modern Japan (1996), and From APEC to Xanadu: Creating a Viable Community in the Post-Cold War Pacific (1997). He was founding editor of the Journal of Japanese Studies in 1974 and continued to serve as its editor until 1986. Pyle’s most recent publication, written for the Century Foundation, is Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose (Public Affairs Books, 2007). In 1997 he was decorated by the Government of Japan with the Order of the Rising Sun for his contributions to scholarship and cultural exchange. In 2008 he was recipient of the Japan Foundation's Prize in Japanese Studies for which he and his wife were accorded an audience with the emperor and empress . He currently teaches courses on modern Japanese and international history.



Japan Studies Program
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195-3650

Marie Anchordoguy
Program Chair

Ellen Eskenazi
Outreach and Program Development

Martha Walsh
Senior Program Associate