University of Washington

JSIS Japan Studies Faculty

Marie Anchordoguy


Marie Anchordoguy is a professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and specializes in the political economy of Japan. She received her undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research is focused primarily on the key institutions and policies of Japan’s capitalist system. Her book, Reprogramming Japan: The High Tech Crisis Under Communitarian Capitalism (Cornell University Press, 2005), was published in Japanese in 2011 as “Nihon Keizai no Sai-Sekkei: Kyodotai Shihon Shugi to Haiteku sangyo no mirai.” Anchordoguy is currently researching the political economy of entrepreneurship, venture capital, and high-tech start-ups in Japan. She has also published a number of chapters in books and articles in journals such as Business History Review, Research Policy, International Organization, and The Political Science Quarterly. She was Chair of the Japan Studies Program (2000-2007, 2012-2014) and co-editor of The Journal of Japanese Studies (2004-2014). Anchordoguy teaches an introductory course on contemporary Japan, and graduate and undergraduate courses on Japanese business and technology, Japan’s political economy, and science, technology and innovation in East Asia.
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Donald C. Hellmann


Donald Hellmann is a professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and the Department of Political Science. He is currently semi-retired from teaching. He received his undergraduate education at Princeton University and holds masters and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Hellmann has been a member of the University of Washington faculty since 1967. Since 1994, he has been director of the University’s APEC Study Center and from 1994–2000 he served as chair of the US Consortium of APEC Study Centers. In these capacities, and using the Institute for International Policy (a university-wide unit of which he was the director), he took the lead in the creation of a region-wide consortium of universities and research centers devoted to cooperative research and practical initiatives regarding regional policy, technology, and development issues in the Pacific Rim. He is currently working on a book concerning integrating Asia into the global political economy and on the creation of an institution on energy cooperation in Northeast Asia. Hellmann has written or edited six major books on Asia and International Relations and published more than sixty articles and monographs. His publications include Japanese Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy (University of California Press, 1969) and From APEC to Xanadu: The Pacific Challenge to the Global Political Economy, which he co-authored with Kenneth B. Pyle (M.E. Sharpe, 1998). Hellmann teaches courses on Japanese government and politics, American foreign policy as well as the international relations of East Asia.  


Robert J. Pekkanen is Professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington (as of September 2014). He received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 2002. His research interests lie in electoral systems, political parties and civil society. He has published articles in political science journals such as The American Political Science Review, The British Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies, as well Asian studies journals including The Journal of Asian Studies and The Journal of Japanese Studies. He has published six books in English on American nonprofit advocacy, Japanese civil society, and Japanese elections and political parties, and there are translations or Japanese versions of three of his books. His first book, Japan’s Dual Civil Society: Members without Advocates (Stanford: 2006) captured the Masayoshi Ohira Prize in 2008 and won an award from the Japanese Nonprofit Research Association (JANPORA) in 2007. The Japan Times also featured it as one of the "Best Asia Books" of 2006. A Japanese translation appeared in 2008. Another book, The Rise and Fall of Japan's LDP: Political Party Organizations as Historical Institutions, (Cornell: 2010; co-authored with Ellis S. Krauss), has earned praise in a wide range of reviews. A Japanese version is being prepared by a publisher in Japan. Pekkanen’s research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and the National Science Foundation, among others. Recently, he has been co-PI on a project given major funding from the National Science Foundation to investigate how electoral systems shape politics from what type of people become candidates to who gets the plum committee assignments.



Saadia M. Pekkanen is the Associate Director of the Jackson School, and also the Founding Director of the Jackson School Ph.D. Program. She is the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor at the Jackson School of International Studies, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Law where she also teaches courses. Her graduate work includes a Master’s from Columbia University and Yale Law School, and a doctorate from Harvard University. Her areas of research interest include international relations and foreign policy, international law, space security and policy, and the international relations of Japan/Asia. In addition to several articles, she is the author of Picking Winners? From Technology Catch-up to the Space Race in Japan (Stanford University Press, 2003); Japan’s Aggressive Legalism: Law and Foreign Trade Politics Beyond the WTO (Stanford University Press, 2008); co-editor of Japan and China in the World Political Economy (Routledge, 2005); co-author of In Defense of Japan: From the Market to the Military in Space Policy (Stanford University Press, 2010); co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia (forthcoming, Oxford University Press 2014); and editor of Asian Designs: Risen Powers and the Struggle for International Governance (under review). Her work has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, the Center for Global Partnership (CGP), the Abe Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation (NSF). She also takes a keen interest in helping shape the directions of doctoral education in international and area studies in the United States. She can be reached at


Kenneth B. Pyle is the Henry M. Jackson Professor of History and Asian Studies and founding president of the National Bureau of Asian Research. Pyle received a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He was founding editor of the Journal of Japanese Studies in 1974 and continued to serve as its editor until 1986. He was director of the Jackson School from 1978 to 1988. He was appointed by President Bush to serve as chairman of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission from 1991 to 1995. Pyle is the author and editor of numerous books on modern Japan and its history, including The New Generation in Meiji Japan (1969), The Trade Crisis: How Will Japan Respond? (1987), The Japanese Question: Power and Purpose in a New Era (1992), The Making of Modern Japan (1996), From APEC to Xanadu: Creating a Viable Community in the Post-Cold War Pacific (1997). Pyle’s most recent publication, written for the Century Foundation, is Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose (2007). In 1999 he was decorated by the Government of Japan with the Order of the Rising Sun for his contributions to scholarship and cultural exchange. In 2008 he was recipient of the Japan Foundation’s Prize in Japanese Studies for which he and his wife were accorded an audience with the Emperor and Empress. He currently teaches courses on modern Japanese and international history.


Japan Studies Program
University of Washington
Box 353650, Thomson Hall 425
Seattle, WA 98195-3650

Ken Tadashi Oshima
Program Chair

Ellen Eskenazi
Outreach and Program Development

Martha Walsh
Senior Program Associate

Robert Pekkanen
Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator