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IR Senior Seminar

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2018
This course is designed to equip students with the skills required to write an original, publishable international relations thesis in the spring semester. It is designed to be taken in the fall semester of senior year. You will learn how to ask research questions, develop explanations for international phenomena, derive testable hypotheses, and develop research designs capable of testing your hypothesis and adjudicating between competing explanations. Click... Read more about IR Senior Seminar

War and Peace: Actors, Institutions, and Foreign Policy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

How do actors and institutions influence states' decisions for war or peace?  Which actors and
institutions matter more, those located at the domestic or international level?  This course familiarizes students with the major paradigms in international relations and the actors and institutions highlighted in those paradigms as being consequential for security policy.  Please click ...

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Making Foreign Policy

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2013

This course aims to familiarize graduate students with the major variables, both systemic and unit-level, that political scientists have identified as influencing foreign and security policy, and also equip them with the necessary tools to conduct research and complete a research paper of their own.  Click here for the course syllabus and ...

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Japan's Security Dilemmas

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2013

This course explores the strategies Japan used to secure itself from 1853-today, which include experimenting with institutions, colonizing neighboring countries, picking fights with powerful states, and fashioning new pacifist identities.  Click here for the course syllabus and here for my...

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Security in the Asia Pacific

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2010

Teaching Fellow.  Taught by visiting Professor Christopher W. Hughes in the Department of Government, Harvard.  This course applied the four major paradigms in international relations (structural neo-realism, liberalism, constructivism, and critical security) to security issues in the Asia-Pacific region.  Click here for the syllabus, and here for...

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Political Economy of Japan

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2009

Teaching Fellow (also in 2006).  Taught by Professors Kay Shimizu and Margarita Estevez-Abe in the Department of Government, Harvard.   This course used theories in comparative politics to teach students about the idiosyncrasies of Japan’s political system and political economy.   Click here for the syllabus, and here for course evaluation...

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Japan in the Social Sciences

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Fall

Offered: 

2007

Teaching Fellow.  Taught by Professor Susan J. Pharr in the Department of East Asian Studies, Harvard.   It examined problems in Japanese politics, economy, and society from an interdisciplinary perspective.   Topics included war memory; the emperor system; constitutional revision; capitalism; the employment system; and immigration.  Click here for the syllabus.

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