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Takashi Kanatsu

Professor of Political Science


Degrees

PHD, 2002, Columbia University; MPHIL, 1996, Columbia University; MA, 1992, Georgetown Univ; LLB, 1990, Hokkaido Univ


Bio

TAKASHI KANATSU, associate professor, received his LL.B. from Hokkaido University, Japan, in 1990 and his M.A. from Georgetown University (Latin American studies) in 1992. He worked as an associate researcher at IDCJ (International Development Center in Japan), a nonprofit think tank for the economic development of developing countries, where he participated in four Latin American-related research projects and visited five Latin American countries. He earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University (political science) in 2002. His dissertation examined the macro-political impact on the IT industrial development in South Korea and Taiwan. He teaches courses in Asian politics, Latin American and Caribbean politics, Japanese politics, and Chinese politics. He specializes in the political economy of developing countries, particularly in the areas of government roles in high-tech industrial development and the inter-regional comparative political economy of Asia and Latin America. He recently published a textbook "Asian Politics : Tradition, Transformation & Future" (Linus Publications, 2008). He is also authors of many articles. He has traveled through all of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Latin American countries, South Korea, Taiwan and China, in addition to his native country Japan. He speaks Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese. His current research projects range from the Brazilian aircraft industry, the emergence of IT industry in China, democratization and collective Memory, to the politics of Japanese Immigration to Colombia. His most recent research focus is high-technology industrial development and environment. He has been serving a co-director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Hofstra as well as the director of Hofstra in Japan study abroad program.


Teaching Interests

Asian and Latin American Politics, Political Economy of Development, High-Technology Industrial Development and Government, Japanese Politics, Chinese Politics, Environmental Politics

Research Interests

Government role in high-technology industrial development, Political Economy of East Asia and Latin America, Democratization and Collective Memory, Japanese immigration to Colombia, Environmental Politics & Technological Development

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
ASST 021 (CC, IS) DISCOVER JAPAN Undergraduate
ASST 150A TPC: TRADITIONAL TEA CEREMONY Undergraduate
LACS 001 (IS,CC) LTN AMR & CARBN ON MAP Undergraduate
PSC 100 HONORS ESSAY Undergraduate
PSC 130 (BH, CC) LATIN AMER POLITICS Undergraduate
PSC 131 (CC) COMP POL ECO OF DEVELPMT Undergraduate
PSC 144 (BH,CC) ASIAN POLITICS&GOVT Undergraduate
PSC 145 (BH,CC) JAPAN: GVRMNT&POLITICS Undergraduate
PSC 146 (BH,CC) CHINA: GVRMNT&POLITICS Undergraduate
PSC 161 INDEPENDENT READINGS IN PSC Undergraduate
PSC 2130 (BH, CC) LATIN AMER POLITICS Graduate
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