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JSIS 495B Task Force: Saadia Pekkanen – U.S.-Japan Alliance in the World

Task Force 2024


Sherry L. Martin

Asia Division Chief in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Opinion Research


Given the multiple regional security challenges, the focus is on assessing how and whether the U.S.-Japan Security Alliance can play a role in stabilizing the international relations of Asia.

Task Force Evaluator Bio: 

Sherry L. Martin is the Asia Division Chief in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Opinion Research where she has managed the Japan portfolio for over ten years.  She served an 18-month term as the National Intelligence Council’s Principal Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia in 2022-2024.  Before joining the U.S. government, Dr. Martin was an Associate Professor at Cornell University where she held a joint appointment in the Government Department and the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  She’s the author of Popular Democracy in Japan: How Gender and Community are Changing Modern Electoral Politics (Cornell University Press, 2011), and several book chapters and articles on Japanese democracy and mass political behavior.  Dr. Martin holds an undergraduate degree in Politics from Princeton University, a PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and has lived, studied and worked in Japan.  She completed postdoctoral research with the US-Japan Program at Harvard University, is a Cohort I member of the Mansfield Foundation’s U.S.-Japan Network for the Future and was the 2020 recipient of the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC’s John and Hiroko Malott Leadership Award.



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