• Linda Hasunuma
Assistant Professor of Government



Office: HARRIS 210


Dr.  Hasunuma is an Assistant Professor of Government at Franklin and Marshall College and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has published on the subject of Japan's political institutions, decentralization reforms, and gender politics--including her most recent publication: "Gender Gaiatsu: An Institutional Perspective on Womenomics" for the US-Japan Women's Journal (Oct/Nov 2015). She is currently developing a chapter for The Private and the Public: Women and Politics in Contemporary Japan, edited by Gill Steel, and her own book project on gender equality in Japan and South Korea.

Dr. Hasunuma is part of the 2012-2014 cohort of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation's U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Fellows program, and received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Sasakawa Foundation, and the Aratani Foundation. She has been an invited speaker at Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, and the World Affairs Council; and served as discussant at workshops on Japanese politics at Columbia University, the US-Japan Research Institute, and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.  She has been interviewed on CBS Philadelphia and Channel News Asia, and published an Op-Ed in The Asahi Shimbun.



  • Ph.D. 2010, University of California, Los Angeles  



East Asia,  decentralization, gender equality in Japan and South Korea, and Japan-South Korea relations.

Advanced Japanese and native Korean speaker.

Upcoming presentations:





Book chapter in-progress: "The Politics of Care and Community" on women's activism for an edited volume, The Private and the Public: Women and Politics in Contemporary Japan, Gill Steel, Editor.  (Workshop will be in Kyoto, Japan on October  28-29, 2016).

Journal article in progress: "How the Comfort Women Issue Became a Korean-American Issue: Japan, South Korea, and US Relations and Local Politics" with Mary McCarthy (co-presented at WPSA 3/24-26, 2016 and to be presented at the Joint East Asian Studies at the University of London, SOAS 9/7-9, 2016).

Journal articles under review 

  • “Gender Equality Institutions in Japan and South Korea” 
  • “Women’s Participation in Civil Society After 3.11: Implications for Japan’s Democracy” 


  • "Gender Gaiatsu: An Institutional Perspective on Womenomics" in the US-Japan Women's Journal,  October/November 2015 issue, volume 48.
  • "Empowering the Executive: Koizumi and the Council for Economic and Fiscal Policy" peer-reviewed book chapter for an edited volume on Koizumi's reforms (Forthcoming, Ashgate, under contract).
  • 2014-15: Op-ed on Womenomics published August 31, 2014 in The Asahi Shimbun http://www.asahi.com/articles/DA3S11325531.html
  • 2013-14: "Womenomics and Women's Empowerment: Can Abe be the Women's Prime Minister?" for the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, Policy Report                                            (June 2014). http://mansfieldfdn.org/mfdn2011/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/NFF_revised_v1.pdf
  • 2013-14: "Komeito in Coalition" with Axel Klein for a peer reviewed edited volume, "Komeito: Religion and Politics in Japan," Steven Reed, Axel Klein, George Ehrhardt, and Levi McLaughlin editors (University of California Press, Berkeley. November, 2014). http://ieas.berkeley.edu/publications/jrm18.html
  • 2012-13: "Decentralization and the Democratic Party of Japan." Peer-reviewed book chapter for an edited volume on the Democratic Party of Japan, Japan Under the DPJ, 2013 (Chapter 10).  http://jsp.stanford.edu/publications/japan_under_the_dpj_the_politics_of_transition_and_governance/
  • Book review for the Journal of Asian Studies (2012).
  • Book review for the Journal of Pacific Affairs (2011).

Professional Service: Reviewed articles for the "Political Research Quarterly", "Journal of Politics", "Democratization", "Party Politics" "The Journal of East Asian Studies,"  and "Women, Politics& Policy." Reviewed a book proposal and a book manuscript for Routledge. Invited to give feedback for a revised edition of a textbook on gender and politics for CQ Press/Sage Publications. Invited to contribute my syllabus to the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights.







  • Discussant for the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA's educational Speaker Series on "Gender Equality in Japan and the Impact of Womenomics, " April 27, 2016, Washington, DC. http://spfusa.org/event/gender-equality-japan-impact-womenomics/
  • Invited speaker (research presentation), Yale University: Japanese Politics and Diplomacy Program, Friday, February 19, 2016 from 12 to 1:30pm.
  • "How the Comfort Women Issue Became a Korean American Issue: Grievance Politics and the Korean American Electorate" for The Multiple Contours of Asian American Politics panel at the  2016 Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, March 24-26, 2016. Co-authored/co-presenting  with Mary McCarthy.
  • "Gender and Disaster: Women and Post-Fukushima Activism, Civil Society, and Democracy in Japan" for the  2016 Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, March 24-26, 2016.
  • Invited speaker (paper presentation) for "Issues in Contemporary East Asia Colloquium Series" at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for East Asian Studies on Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 4:30-6pm. 
  • Paper presentation for a Panel on Gender and Contemporary Politics in Japan (Japan Studies Group) for the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) in San Francisco, September 3-6, 2015. (September 3, 10:15am to 12:00pm)http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/apsa/apsa15/index.php?cmd=Online+Program+View+Session&selected_session_id=1024626&PHPSESSID=8dkn5ecvrdjn6d4qasri2m9744
  • Chair and co-discussant with Francesc Amat  for a panel on Decentralization and Redistribution for the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) in San Francisco, September 3-6. 2015 (Division 14: Comparative Politics of Advanced Industrial Societies, Saturday, September 5, 10:15am to 12:00pm).http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/apsa/apsa15/index.php?cmd=Online+Program+View+Session&selected_session_id=1020242&PHPSESSID=8dkn5ecvrdjn6d4qasri2m9744
  • (Media, live) Appeared on Channel News Asia to comment on the Abe Administration and the status of women in Japan, August 27,  2015.
  • (Media, live) Appeared on Channel News Asia to comment on the passage of the security bills in Japan, September 19, 2015.
  • (Media, live) Appeared on Channel News Asia to comment on the Trilateral Summit (China-Japan-South Korea), November 1, 2015.



  • "Cities, Citizens, and Japan's Regional Relations with South Korea and Russia," the International Studies Association Annual Convention in San Francisco, CA, April 3-6, 2013.
  • "Local Actors and Regional Economic Integration", the Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, March 28-30, 2013 in Hollywood, CA.
  • Invited to present at Southern Methodist University in Houston, Texas for an international conference  on Japanese Politics and Economic Reforms During the Koizumi Years, November 7-8, 2012. http://blog.smu.edu/towercenter/events/sunandstar/
  • Discussant for a panel on Japanese politics at Columbia University, April 28, 2011. (Discussed a book project on redistributive politics and the Japanese case).
  • Paper presentation at the Annual Association for Asian Studies Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 31-April 3, 2011.
  • February 4-5, 2011, "Political Change in Japan II: One Step Forward, One Step Back," Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University.
  • November 19-20, 2010 Deutsche Institute for Japan Studies, conference for an edited volume on Religion and Politics in Japan (LDP-Komeito coalition), Tokyo, Japan.
  • "The Politics of Mercy: the Costs of Coalition for the Soka-Gakkai and Komeito" (panel on the Komeito) for the British Association for Japanese Studies, September 9-10, 2010, Study for Oriental and African Studies, London.
  • Media: 2011, http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2011/03/24/pennsylvania-expert-sees-long-recovery-road-for-quake-damaged-japan/
  • http://www.fandm.edu/news/article/hasunuma-joins-u-s-japan-network-for-the-future

Grants & Awards




  • 2012-2014, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, US-Japan Network for the Future Fellow, Cohort II.
  • Spring 2012: Grant from Franklin and Marshall College to develop an interdisciplinary Foundations Seminar, "Imagining Asia" during the summer of 2012. 
  • Spring 2011: Hackman Fellowship with student Abigail Heller. Research collaboration on British and Japanese coalition politics. We gathered data and analyzed the coalition agreement and policy tradeoffs of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government. Student is currently enrolled in a doctoral program for comparative politics. 

Student Collaborations



  • ​2015-16: advisor for a Marshall Scholar project on devolution to Scotland and British politics (student applied for and received a summer fellowship to conduct research in Scotland in summer of 2015).
  • Chair for four independent projects for 2012-13: 1) gender and the law/politics, 2) international law and Africa, 3) Chinese nationalism, and 4) Government, business, and the internet.
  • Faculty Advisor on a Faculty-Student collaboration, Hackman Fellows research project on the British coalition, Summer 2011. (Student is now in a Ph.D. program for comparative politics).
  • Faculty Advisor for an independent study on US businesses in China, Spring 2011.
  • Faculty Advisor for an independent study on Turkish politics, Fall 2011.
  • Chair for an honors thesis on the institutionalization of ASEAN (2010-11). Student presented his research at an international conference on ASEAN. He currently works for the ASEAN in Washington, DC and has published in The Diplomat. 
  • Served on six  honors defense committees (2011, 2012, and 2016).
  • Supervised two internships in the summer of 2012.

Course Information


GOV 120, Comparative Politics 

GOV 130, International Politics

GOV 272, Gender and Politics from a Global Perspective (now GOV/WGSS 226)

GOV 324, Asian Politics 

GOV 472, Senior Seminar on Post-War Japanese Politics and Society 

(Received a summer grant in 2012 to develop a Foundations course, Imagining Asia, which may be offered as a Connections course in the future).

Served on the International and Off-Campus Studies commitee for two years; currently serving on the Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies committee and the Provost's Diversity Committee.


Campus and community activities:

  • Member of the Board of the World Affairs Council, Harrisburg as of April 17, 2016.
  • Academic advising for special majors/minors on East Asia and Asian Studies. Organized a student group for East Asian Studies, Spring 2016.
  • Organized a Group representing Faculty and Staff of Color and their Allies 
  • Asked by students to serve as faculty mentor for a new group organized by Asian American students on campus to learn more about Asian American Studies.
  • Diversity in the Classroom, summer workshop, summer 2015.
  • Admissions, Counselor Day Panel, April 13, 2015. 
  • Faculty Center panel on diversity and student experiences, March 31,  2015.
  • Invited by students to serve as a judge for the Office of Multicultural Affairs Awards, 2015. March 26, 2015. 
  • Invited by the Governments of the Student Houses to be on a panel for their very first Student Forum, "Diversity, Discrimination, and Solutions,"  January 27, 2015. http://www.the-college-reporter.com/2015/02/02/diplomatic-congress-organizes-forum-addressing-discrimination-on-campus/
  • Faculty Advisor to the Black Student Union's Common Hour lecture with Dr. Cornel West. http://calendar.fandm.edu/detail.php?id=10550  and   http://www.the-college-reporter.com/2013/04/20/award-presented-to-founder-of-civil-rights-week/
  • Invited to give a lecture on US-East Asia relations and issues to alumni and parents at Homecoming Weekend, 2012.
  • Participated in a campus wide discussion of the 3/11 crisis in Japan. (Dept. of Government and Physics).