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  • Linda Hasunuma

    Assistant Professor of Government
    Office: HAR226


    • Ph.D. 2010, University of California, Los Angeles (Comparative Politics)
    • B.A. 1997, University of California, Los Angeles. Magna Cum Laude.

    Research Interests

    East Asia,  gender and politics, central-local relations, and Japan's regional relations.

    Advanced Japanese and native Korean speaker.

    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. The class will be offered in the spring of 2013.
    • Spring 2011: Hackman Fellowship with student Abigail Heller for summer research/research collaboration.

    At UCLA:

    • Social Science Research Council dissertation workshop fellowship.
    • Aratani dissertation year fellowship (for field work and writing).
    • Title VI, National Foreign Language Award (FLAS), funded 4 consecutive years of graduate school (for advanced Japanese language study).
    • Sasakawa summer award for intensive language study at International Christian University, Mitaka, Japan.
    • Nominated for a campus-wide distinguished teaching assistant award.


    • "Womenomics and Women's Empowerment" for the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, Policy Report (forthcoming, June 2014).
    • "Decentralization and the Democratic Party of Japan." Book chapter for an edited volume on the Democratic Party of Japan (Chapter 10).
    • "Komeito in Coalition" with Axel Klein for an edited volume on Religion and Politics in Japan. Steven Reed, Axel Klein, George Ehrhardt, and Levi McLaughlin editors (University of California Press, Berkeley,  2014). 
    • "Empowering the Executive: Koizumi and the Council for Economic and Fiscal Policy" (Forthcoming, Ashgate. Edited volume on Koizumi's Reforms)
    • Book review for the Journal of Asian Studies (2012).
    • Book review for the Journal of Pacific Affairs (2011).

    Professional Service:

    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/ARTICLES, 2014 (for submission to journals summer of 2014):

    • "Empowering Institutions to Empower Women? the Politics of Japan's Gender Equality Bureau and Womenomics" (for presentation at APSA 2014).
    • "Crises and Women's Activism in Japan: the Role of NGOs, NPOs, and Transnational Networks", (draft-in-progress). 

    Projects for 2014-2015 (for submission to journals summer of 2015)

    • "Gender Gaiatsu? International Norms and Institutions and Women's Equality in Japan"
    • "A Comparative and Institutional Analysis of Gender Equality Policies in Japan and South Korea".


    • Panel presentation "Empowering Institutions to Empower Women: Japan's Gender Equality Bureau" for the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Washington, DC, August 28-31, 2014.
    • Invited public lecture on Gender Inequality and Women's Activism in Japan at Haverford College, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 (class visit on April 17 to talk about fieldwork and women's activism in Japan post-3/11).
    • "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.
    • 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.

    At UCLA:

    • Deutsche Institute Japan, November 18-19, 2009, Tokyo, Japan (symposium for book project)
    • UCLA Conference on Japan's Political Economy, September 11-12, 2009 (panel)
    • Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, IL 2009 (panel)
    • American Political Science Association, Boston, MA 2008 (panel)
    • American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA 2006 (panel).
    • Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago 2006 (2 panels).
    • American Political Science Association, Boston, 2002 (panel).

    Student Collaborations

    • Chair for four independent/honors 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.
    • 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. 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 two honors defense committees in the spring of 2011 and 2012.
    • Overseeing two internships in the summer of 2012.


    Course Information

    1 course in the fall (2 sections); 2 in the spring (2 sections of 1 class plus 1 section of a second class)

    GOV 472, Senior Seminar on Post-War Japanese Politics and Society (Spring 2013)

    GOV 130, International Politics (2 sections, Fall 2012 and Summer Session II, July-August, 2013)

    GOV 120, Comparative Politics (2 sections, Fall 2010, 2011, Summer 2012, and Fall 2013)

    GOV 272, Gender and Politics from a Global Perspective (Spring 2011, 2012, and 2013)

    GOV 324, Asian Politics (2 sections, Spring 2011, 2012, 2013)