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I am Associate Professor of Political Science in the Graduate School of Information Sciences at Tohoku University, 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 taught and conducted research at Waseda University and European University Institute. I earned a PhD in Political Science from Michigan State University.

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