I am an Assistant Professor in the Department 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, my work deals with the intersection of economics and security in Asia, with a particular focus on Asian regionalism and Japanese politics. I am engaged in a number of projects related to economics-security linkages, regional institutional architecture, trade agreements, foreign investment, and the global commons. I am 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. I am 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). My work has also been published in Asian Survey, Fletcher Security Review, Issues and Insights, Asia Dialogue, and The Washington Post. I hold 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, I 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. I have 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. My interest in contemporary policy issues led me to work 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). I am an alumnus of the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program, the Nitobe Kokusai Juku, and the Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program. I am of Filipino and Italian descent.
My research has been generously funded by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, the National Asia Research Program, Harvard University, the Japan Foundation, the Blakemore Freeman Fellowship, the Boren Fellowship, Waseda University, the Beinecke Foundation, the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, the Mary Gates Foundation, and various institutions at UC Berkeley such as the Center for Japanese Studies, the Institute of East Asian Studies, the Graduate Division, and the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science.