Kristi Govella (クリスティ・ゴヴェラ) is an Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, an Adjunct Fellow at the East-West Center, and an Adjunct Fellow at Pacific Forum. As a political scientist, her work examines the intersection of economics and security in international relations, with a particular focus on the Asian region. She is engaged in a number of projects related to economic statecraft, regional institutional architecture, trade agreements, foreign investment, and the global commons. She is also working on a book that looks at how trade policy shapes firms’ interests and their corresponding political strategies through a cross-sectoral analysis of the Japanese political economy. Dr. Govella is the co-editor of two books: Linking Trade and Security: Evolving Institutions and Strategies in Asia, Europe, and the United States (2013) and Responding to a Resurgent Russia: Russian Policy and Responses from the European Union and the United States (2012). Her writing is also published or forthcoming in World Trade Review, Asian Survey, Monumenta Nipponica, Fletcher Security Review, Issues and Insights, Asia Dialogue, and The Washington Post. In addition, Dr. Govella serves as Co-Editor of the scholarly journal Asia Policy. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Political Science and Japanese, Cum Laude with College Honors, from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Prior to joining the faculty at University of Hawaiʻi, Dr. Govella was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and an Associate Professor of Security Studies at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. She has also been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Tokyo and Waseda University, the Social Science and Humanities Advisor of the UC Berkeley Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, and the East Asia Project Director of the Berkeley APEC Study Center. She also worked briefly at the Washington DC headquarters of both the US Department of State (Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Office of Regional and Security Policy) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (Office of Water). Dr. Govella is an alumnus of the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program, the Nitobe Kokusai Juku, and the Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program. She is of Filipino and Italian descent.