Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
Co-sponsored by the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center, Harvard University
About the Seminar
Professor Curtis is America’s leading scholar of Japanese politics and has taught at Columbia for over four decades. His books include Election Campaigning, Japanese Style (Columbia University Press, 1971; reissued with a new preface, 2008); The Japanese Way of Politics (Columbia, 1988); and The Logic of Japanese Politics (Columbia University Press, 1999). His most recent book, written in Japanese, is Seiji to Sanma – Nihon to Kurashite 45 nen [Politics and Saury: 45 Years Living with Japan] (Nikkei BP, 2008). His recent articles have appeared in Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Asahi Shimbun, and many other publications. He divides his time between Columbia University and Tokyo where he is active as a columnist, speaker and writer. Professor Curtis is or has been a member of the board of directors of the U.S.-Japan Foundation, the Japan Center for International Exchange (USA), and the Japan Society and serves as councillor to the U.S.-Japan Council. In 2004, he was awarded 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. His many other awards include the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize, the Japan Foundation Award, the Chunichi Shimbun Special Achievement Award, and the Marshal Green Award of the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC.