Brian Woodall, Ph.D.


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  • School of International Affairs
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Brian Woodall joined the faculty of the Sam Nunn School in 1994.  He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and has held full-time faculty positions at the University of California at Irvine and at Harvard University as well as visiting appointments at the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Tohoku 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, served as Chair of the Southern Japan Seminar, and serves on the editorial boards of Routledge Studies on Comparative Asian Politics and several academic journals.  He served for many years on the Board of Corporate Advisors to the Who's Who in Asian American Communities Foundation.  He has been interviewed on CNN, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the Asahi Shimbun, and other media outlets.  His current research focuses on issues of sustainable development, including: 1) energy and environmental policies; and 2) the role of institutions in shaping transportation investment, equity, and regional proposerity.  Dr. Woodall has received funding support from the Fulbright Commission (U.S. Japan Educational 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.  His teaching includes graduate and undergraduate courses in comparative politics, East Asia, Japanese politics and political economy, and U.S.-Japan relations.

  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley (Political Science)
Awards and
  • Fulbright Scholar (Japan)
  • Abe Fellowship (Social Science Research Council)
  • Japan Foundation Dissertation Fellow
  • Chancellor's Dissertation Fellow (UC-Berkeley)
  • Bennett Prize in Political Science (University of Utah)
Areas of
  • Comparative Politics
  • Democratic Development
  • East Asia
  • Elections (Japan)
  • Energy Policy
  • Energy Security (East Asia)
  • Environmental Policy
  • Japan
  • Japanese Government And Politics
  • Political Corruption (Japan And East Asia)
  • Political Economy
  • Renewable Energy