Brian Woodall


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  • School of International Affairs
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Brian Woodall received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, and, prior to joining Georgia Tech's faculty, held full-time faculty positions at the University of California at Irvine and Harvard University.  He has held visiting appointments at the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tohoku University, and Kobe University.  Dr. Woodall is the author of Growing Democracy in Japan: The Parliamentary Cabinet System Since 1868 (University Press of Kentucky), Japan Under Construction: Corruption, Politics, and Public Works (University of California Press), and Japan's Changing World Role (Japan Society), and co-editor of Elections in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan Under the Single Non-Transferable Vote (University Michigan Press).  In addition, he has authored numerous articles and book chapters, and serves on the editorial board of Routledge Studies on Comparative Asian Politics.  He has been interviewed on various media outlets, including CNN, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and the Asahi Shimbun.  His research and teaching utilize the tools of comparative institutional analysis to illuminate a range of sustainable development-related issues, including energy security and environmental stewardship, social equity, megaregion sustainability, disaster resilience, and critical infrastructure protection.  Dr. Woodall has received funding support from the Fulbright Commission, Coca-Cola Foundation, U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, the Abe Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council, the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, and the Japan Foundation.  He currently serves as Director of the Japan Summer Program in Sustainable Development and is a member of the Kobe University Board of Advisors.

  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley (Political Science)
Awards and
  • Member of Kobe University Advisory Board
  • Fulbright Scholar (Japan)
  • Abe Fellow (Social Science Research Council)
  • Japan Foundation Dissertation Fellow
  • Chancellor
  • Philo Sherman Bennett Prize in Political Science
Areas of
  • Comparative Politics
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Democratic Development
  • Disaster Resilience
  • East Asian Politics
  • Energy Security
  • Environmental Policy
  • Global Development
  • Institutional Analysis
  • Japanese Politics
  • Megaregion Sustainability
  • Sustainable Development


Research Fields:
  • Clean Energy
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
  • Global Energy Security
  • Institutional Analysis
  • Regional Security Challenges
  • Transportation
  • Asia (East)
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • International Development
  • Regional Development
  • Infrastructure
  • Institution-Building
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation


  • INTA-2001: Careers In Intl Affairs
  • INTA-2050: Intro to Global Develpmt
  • INTA-2230: Govt & Politics of Asia
  • INTA-2698: Research Assistantship
  • INTA-3040: Energy Environ Policy
  • INTA-3203: Comparative Politics
  • INTA-3231: Gov't & Politics-Japan
  • INTA-3232: Sustainable Megaregion
  • INTA-4040: Environmental Politics
  • INTA-4744: Global Develop Capstone
  • INTA-6202: Comparative Politics
  • INTA-8001: Sci,Tech&Intl Affairs II
  • INTA-8010: IAST Ph.D. Proseminar
  • INTA-8813: Special Topics
  • INTA-8823: Special Topics
  • INTA-8833: Special Topics

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