Marie Anchordoguy

Professor, Chair - Japan Studies Program
Marie Anchordoguy



Marie Anchordoguy is a professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and specializes in the political economy of Japan. She currently holds the George Long Endowed Professorship. 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 first book was Computers, Inc.: Japan’s Challenge to IBM (Harvard University Press, 1989), which looked at Japan’s state and corporate efforts to build a computer hardware industry. Her next book, Reprogramming Japan: The High Tech Crisis Under Communitarian Capitalism (Cornell University Press, 2005) analyzed why Japan was slow to change its capitalist institutions even when there were clear economic reasons to do so. This book was also 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 published a number of chapters in books and articles in journals such as Business History ReviewResearch PolicyInternational Organization, and The Political Science Quarterly. She has held fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Harvard University, the Japan Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, and the Center for Global Partnership. She has been Chair of the UW Japan Studies Program from 2000-2007, 2012-2014, and 2021-present. She was co-editor of The Journal of Japanese Studies from 2004 to 2015. Anchordoguy teaches an introductory course on contemporary Japan, and graduate and undergraduate courses on Japanese business and technology, Japan’s political economy, and several comparative courses, such as Science, Technology and Innovation Policies in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China, and Asian Financial Systems. She has served on various boards and committees, such as the Blakemore Foundation, the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, the Japan Policy Research Institute, the National Bureau of Asian Research’s US-Japan Discussion Forum, and the Social Science Research Council’s Abe Fellowship Program. She has been a visiting professor at Hitotsubashi University and Rikkyo University, and a Research Fellow at Japan’s National Institute of Science and Technology Policy in its Science and Technology Agency.


  • University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. School of Business Administration, 1986
  • University of California, Berkeley, M.B.A. School of Business Administration, 1982
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. Japanese Studies, 1978
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. Music, 1978
  • University of Tokyo, Economics Department: Fulbright Research Scholar, September 1983-August 1984
  • University of Tokyo, Japan Foundation Scholar, September 1984-1986

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