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I am Associate Professor of Political Science in the Graduate School of Information Sciences at Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan). Taking sabbatical leave from Tohoku, I am currently a Visiting Research Scholar in the Center for Political Studies, the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Before arriving at Tohoku, I was Assistant Professor at Waseda University and Post-Doctoral Max Weber Fellow at European University Institute. I earned my PhD in Political Science from Michigan State University in May 2015.


My primary interests lie in comparative political economy, authoritarian politics, democratization, civil conflict, ethnic politics, Central Asia, and political methodology. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Studies in Comparative International Development, World Development, as well as several edited volumes. My research has been financially supported by the US National Science Foundation, the World Bank, and the Fulbright Commission, among others.