Gerald Curtis

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Curtis talked about "General Election Analysis & Japan's Political Future" at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan on August 31, 2009.

Gerald L. Curtis (born September 18, 1940) is an American academic, a political scientist interested in comparative politics, Japanese politics and U.S.-Japan relations.[1]

Columbia University[edit]

Curtis was the Burgess Professor of Political Science at Columbia University from 1998 until he retired in December 2015. He is now Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Columbia. [1] Between 1974 and 1990, Curtis was head of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI) at Columbia.

Academic career[edit]

  • Professor, Department of Political Science, Columbia University, since 1976; Burgess Professor since 1998.[2]
  • Visiting Professor, Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (Tokyo), (2000-20__).[3]
  • Director, East Asian Institute, Columbia University (1973–1975, 1977–1984, 1987–1991).[4]
  • Director, Center for Korean Research, Columbia University (1990–1991).[1]
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University (1982–1983).[1]
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo, 1976-1977.[1]
  • Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Columbia University, 1972-1976.[1]
  • Research Associate, Faculty of Law, Keio University, 1971-1972.[1]
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Columbia University, 1969-1972.[1]
  • Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Columbia University, 1968-1969.[1]
  • Instructor, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois, 1968.[1]
  • Research Associate, East Asian Institute, Columbia University, 1967-1968.[1]

International academia[edit]

Selected works[edit]

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Gerald Curtis, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 40+ works in 80+ publications in 5 languages and 5,000+ library holdings. [5]

  • Curtis, Gerald L. (2001). Policymaking in Japan: Defining the Role of Politicians. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution for the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE). [Japanese edition -- (2001). Tokyo: JCIE] ISBN 978-4-88907-062-0 (paper)
  • _________. (2000). New Perspectives on U.S.-Japan Relations. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution. [Chinese edition -- (2001).]
  • __________. (1999). The Logic of Japanese Politics. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-10842-3 (cloth) -- ISBN 978-0-231-10843-0 (paper) [Japanese edition -- (2001). Nagata cho Seiji no Kobo. Tokyo: Shinchosha; Korean edition -- (2002). Han’ul.]
  • __________. (1996). Nihon No Seiji O Doo Miru Ka (Comparative Perspectives on Japanese Politics). Tokyo: NHK.
  • __________. (1994). The United States, Japan and Asia: Challenges for US Policy. New York: W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-03633-6 (cloth) -- ISBN 978-0-393-96583-4 (paper)
  • __________. (1993). Japan's Foreign Policy After the Cold War: Coping with Change. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe. ISBN 978-1-56324-217-5 (cloth)
  • __________. (1991). Posuto-Reisen Jidai no Nihon (Japan in the Post Cold War Era). Tokyo: Shinbun Shuppan-kyoku.
  • __________. (1989). The Way of Japanese Politics. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-06680-8 (cloth) -- ISBN 978-0-231-06681-5 (paper) [Japanese edition -- (1987). Nihongata Seiji No Honshitsu. Tokyo: TBS-Britannica (Ohira Memorial Prize, 1989); Thai edition -- (1998).]
  • __________. (1984). The Dynamics of Japanese Politics (Doken Kokka Nippon), with Ishikawa Masumi. Tokyo: Kobunsha.
  • __________, (1971). Election Campaigning Japanese Style. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-03512-5 (cloth) [reprtined by Kodansha, New York, 1981. ISBN 978-0-87011-630-8 (paper)] [Japanese translation -- Daigishi No Tanjo. Tokyo: Simul Press.]
  • _________. 1970). Japanese-American Relations in the Seventies. New York: Columbia Books. [Japanese edition -- (1970). Okinawa Igo no Nichibei Kankei. Tokyo: Simul Press.[

Professor Curtis became a special advisor to Newsweek when the magazine's Japanese language edition was initiated in 1986.[6] When the political events or changes became the news of the day, the editorial staff incorporated Curtis' analysis.[7] The New York Times also incorporates the analysis.[8]

Professional activities[edit]

Curtis' current professional activities are varied:[1]

Curtis' was formerly involved in the following:[1]

  • Columbia University
    • Project on the United States, Japan and Southeast Asia—Executive Director (1984–1986).
    • Project on U.S.-Korean Security Relations—Director (1980–1984).
    • Research Project on the U.S. and Japan in Multilateral Diplomacy—Director (1975–1980).
    • U.S.-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program—Director (1971–1978).
    • U.S.-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program—Associate Director (1968–1970).
  • Japan Foundation
    • Center for Global Partnership, Advisory Council—Member (1991–2000).
    • American Advisory Committee—Member (1977–1979).
  • Asia Society
    • Advisory Group on the Asia Agenda Program—Member (1985–1993).
    • Study Mission to North Korea—Member (1992).
    • US-Japan Consultative Group on Policies Toward the People's Republic of China, Core Group—Member (1990–1992).
    • Program of Japan and the United States in Asia, Advisory Board—Chairman (1983–1986).
  • Trilateral Commission—Member.
  • Asahi Shimbun, International Advisory Board.[2]
  • American Academy of Political Science (AAPS), Board—Member.
  • NHK, 12 half-hour programs in Japanese on comparative perspectives on Japanese politics—Author and Narrator (1996).
  • American Assembly Conference on the United States and Japan in Asia: Challenges for U.S. Policy—Project Director (1993).
  • Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan, Board of Editors.
  • United Nations Association, Panel on Regional Security in East Asia—Member (1986–88).
  • Council on Foreign Relations, Study Group on U.S.-Japan Relations—Chairman (1986–1987).
  • International Journal of Politics, Contributing Editor (1979–1989).
  • Shimoda Conferences on U.S.-Japan Relations, Steering Committee—Member (1969–1990).
  • Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Joint Committee on Japanese Studies—Chairman (1974–1977).
  • Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) -- Fellow (1976–1977).

Professional associations[edit]

Curtis joined the conventional associations:[1]

Honors, prizes and awards[edit]

Curtis' work across the span of his career has garnered recognition:[1]