Dr. Hasunuma received her Ph.D. in Comparative Politics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010. In her dissertation and publications, she explained how institutional innovations in the executive helped the former Prime Minister Koizumi pass reforms to central-local relations that were not possible for fifty years. She examines these changes in the policymaking process and their implications for local governments, regional and income inequalities, and the electoral fortunes of Japan's political parties. Her new projects are on Japan's gender equality institutions and policies, and women's activism since the triple disasters of March 11, 2011.
From 2012-2014, she was a member of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation's US-Japan Relations Network for the Future, Cohort II, and published a policy report on womenomics and Japan's gender politics. An op-ed on womenomics and gender "gaiatsu" (international pressure) will be published by The Asahi Shimbun in September, 2014. Before coming to Franklin and Marshall College in 2010, she taught at UCLA, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and Pepperdine University. Dr. Hasunuma is a native Korean speaker and plans on doing comparative studies of gender politics in Japan and South Korea in the future.
East Asia, political institutions, gender politics, decentralization, and Japan's regional relations.
Advanced Japanese and native Korean speaker.
Reviewed articles for the "Journal of Politics", "Democratization", "Party Politics" and "The Journal of East Asian Studies." Reviewed 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.
WORKING PAPERS, Drafts for submission in 2014-15
Campus and community activities:
Worked with the Black Student Union to invite out Dr. Cornel West for a Common Hour lecture.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/
Homecoming Weekend lecture on US-East Asia relations and issues, 2012.
Participated in a campus wide discussion of the 3/11 crisis in Japan. http://magazine.fandm.edu/2011/06/09/ring-of-fire-circle-of-hope/
GOV 120, Comparative Politics
GOV 130, International Politics
GOV 272, Gender and Politics from a Global Perspective
GOV 324, Asian Politics
GOV 472, Senior Seminar on Post-War Japanese Politics and Society