• Linda Hasunuma
Assistant Professor of Government



Office: HARRIS 210




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



East Asia,  decentralization, gender politics and civil society in Japan, gender and disaster, and Japan-South Korea relations.

Advanced Japanese and native Korean speaker.

Upcoming presentations:

  • Invited to serve as the commentator for the Sasakawa USA Speaker Series event on April 26 / 27, 2016 in Washington, DC to discuss gender equality issues in Japan.  http://spfusa.org/programs/spf-speaker-series/
  • Invited speaker, Yale University: Japanese Politics and Diplomacy Program, Friday, February 19, 2016 from 12 to 1:30pm. http://ceas.yale.edu/events/tbd-0
  • Invited speaker, University of Pennsylvania, Center for East Asian Studies. "Beyond Womenomics: Women's Activism and Civil Society in Post-3.11 Japan" for "Issues in Contemporary East Asia Colloquium Series," Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 4:30-6pm. 




  • "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 2015-2016).
  • 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).
  • Article submitted Fall 2015: "Beyond Womenomics: Women's Activism and Civil Society in Post-3.11 Japan" and articles in preparation for submission Fall 2015: "A Comparative Analysis of Gender Equality Institutions in Japan and South Korea" and "Korean American Voters and the Comfort Women Issue."

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 manuscript for Routledge. Invited to give feedback for a revised edition of a textbook on gender and politics for CQ Press/Sage Publications.






  • 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 two honors defense committees in the spring of 2011 and 2012.
  • Overseeing 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

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).


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