The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research


The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research


筒井 清輝/Kiyoteru Tsutsui


Kiyoteru Tsutsui

Last updated : December 07, 2023

- Professor, Department of Sociology, Stanford University
- Henri H. and Tomoye Takahashi Professor and Senior Fellow in Japanese Studies at Shorenstein APARC
- Director of the Japan Program at APARC
- Senior Fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Areas of Expertise
  • Global and transnational sociology
  • political sociology
  • comparative historical sociology
  • social movements, human rights
  • Japanese society
  • organizations and economic sociology
  • quantitative methods

Received his BA in sociology from Kyoto University in 1993 and his PhD in sociology from Stanford University in 2002. Was an assistant professor of sociology at SUNY-Stony Brook and an assistant professor and associate professor of sociology at the University of Michigan. Is s professor of sociology, director of the Center for Japanese Studies, and director of the Donia Human Rights Center at the University of Michigan. Became a senior fellow at the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research in January 2019.

Research Program
Strategies for Technological Innovation and Economic Revitalization in the New Era of Global Competition

Select Publications

Kiyoteru Tsutsui. 2018. Rights Make Might: Global Human Rights and Minority Social Movements in Japan. Oxford University Press.

Kiyoteru Tsutsui and Alwyn Lim (eds.). 2015. Corporate Social Responsibility in a Globalizing World. Cambridge University Press.

Kiyoteru Tsutsui. 2017. “Human Rights and Minority Activism in Japan: Transformation of Movement Actorhood and Local-Global Feedback Loop.” American Journal of Sociology 122:1050-1103.

Alwyn Lim and Kiyoteru Tsutsui (equal authorship). 2012. “Globalization and Commitment in Corporate Social Responsibility: Cross-National Analyses of Institutional and Political-Economy Effects.” American Sociological Review 77:69-98.

Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Claire Whitlinger, and Alwyn Lim. 2012. “International Human Rights Law and Social Movements: States’ Resistance and Civil Society’s Insistence.” Annual Review of Law and Social Science 8:367-96.

Kiyoteru Tsutsui. 2009. “The Trajectory of Perpetrators’ Trauma: Mnemonic Politics around the Asia-Pacific War in Japan.” Social Forces. Vol. 87, No.3:1389-1422.

Kiyoteru Tsutsui. 2006. “Redressing Past Human Rights Violations: Global Dimensions of Contemporary Social Movements.” Social Forces. Vol. 85, No. 1:331-354.

Emilie Hafner-Burton and Kiyoteru Tsutsui (equal authorship). 2005. “Human Rights in a Globalizing World: The Paradox of Empty Promises.” American Journal of Sociology. Vol. 110, No. 5:1373-1411.

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