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Curtis, Gerald L.

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Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Columbia University

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Areas of Expertise

Japanese politics, comparative research on party politics, systems analysis

Bio

After earning a social science degree from the University of New Mexico in 1962, attended Columbia University, where he got his MA (1964) and PhD (1969) in political science. Went on to serve as assistant professor and associate professor at Columbia, and as full professor from 1976 to 2015. Is currently Columbia University Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science. Served as director of Columbia's Weatherhead East Asian Institute from 1974 to 1990. Has held appointments at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London; the College de France, Paris; the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore; and in Tokyo at Keio University, Waseda University, the University of Tokyo, the Research Institute for Economy, Trade, and Industry, the International Institute for Economic Studies, and the Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies. Is the recipient of numerous prizes and honors, including the Chunichi Shimbun Special Achievement Award, the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize, the Japan Foundation Award, the Marshall Green award of the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC, and the Eagle on the World award from the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York. Is a recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, by the Emperor of Japan, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Japanese government.

Is the author of numerous books and articles written in both English and Japanese and published in numerous languages. His commentaries appear frequently in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Asahi Shimbun, and other newspapers, journals, and visual media around the globe. Has served as Director of the US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program, Special Advisor to the President of Newsweek for Newsweek Japan, and as member of the Board of Advisors to the Japan Foundation. Is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Directors of the Japan Society, the Mansfield Foundation, and the Japan Center for International Exchange, and serves as a Councilor to the US-Japan Council.

Research Results

Publications

  • Policymaking in Japan: Defining the Role of Politicians, ed. (Japan Center for International exchange, 2002)
  • The Logic of Japanese Politics (Columbia University Press, 1999)
  • The Japanese Way of Politics (Columbia University Press, 1988; winner of the Ohira Memorial Prize)
  • Election Campaigning Japanese Style (Columbia University Press, 1971)
  • Japanese-American Relations in the 1970s, ed. (Columbia Books, 1970)

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