• Linda Hasunuma
Assistant Professor of Government


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.





  • Ph.D. 2010, University of California, Los Angeles (Comparative Politics) http://www.polisci.ucla.edu/
  • B.A. 1997, University of California, Los Angeles. Magna Cum Laude.


East Asia,  political institutions, gender politics, decentralization, 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. 
  • Spring 2011: Hackman Fellowship with student Abigail Heller for summer research/research collaboration. 


  • 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.


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, Drafts for submission in 2014-15

  • "Womenomics, Gender Gaiatsu, and Japan's Gender Equality Institutions." 
  • "Crises and Women's Activism in Japan: the Role of NGOs, NPOs, and Transnational Networks."
  • "A Comparative Analysis of Japan and South Korea's Gender Equality Insittutions."
  • "The Politics of Women's Health and Welfare Policies in Japan."
  • "Busan-Fukuoka and Sapporo-Vladivostok: Local Interests and Economic Integration"


  • "What has the Abe Government Achieved for Women? Womenomics and Women's Rights" (paper presentation, panel organizer) for the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Chicago, March 26-29, 2015.

  • "Transnational Actors and Networks: NGOs, NPOs, and Women's Empowerment after 3/11." Paper prepared for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Feb. 18-21, 2015 in New Orleans. Panel FA76: The Political Economy of Women's Movements in Transnational Spaces" Friday, February 20, 8:15am-10am.

  • 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). http://www.haverford.edu/news/stories/78431/431
  • "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.


  • 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.

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/


Course Information

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