The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research


The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research


筒井 清輝/Kiyoteru Tsutsui


Kiyoteru Tsutsui

Last updated : May 25, 2024

- 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(-2024)

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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