Michael Robert Auslin (born 17 March 1967) is an American writer, policy analyst, historian, and Asian expert. He was formerly an associate professor at Yale University; and he is now a resident scholar and director of Japanese studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. Auslin is also regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and National Review.
Auslin grew up in suburban Chicago. He lived and worked in Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher on the JET Programme. He earned his BSc from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, a master's degree from the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University at Bloomington, and his Ph.D. in history was awarded at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Auslin was an Assistant Professor (2000–2006) and then Associate Professor (2006–2007) in the Department of History at Yale University. In addition, he was also the Founding Director of the Project on Japan-U.S. Relations (2004–2007) and a Senior Research Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies (2006–2007) at Yale.
He has appeared numerous times on Fox News, BBC, and other media outlets, and is quoted regularly in newspapers such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times. He was a featured commentator and script consultant in the 2004 PBS series "Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire".
Auslin also works extensively on aerospace issues and has written numerous articles on airpower. He has questioned the capability of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II to engage modern air defenses, in spite of Russia's own admission that their systems are vulnerable to the F-35.
- 2006 — Negotiating with Imperialism: The Unequal Treaties and the Culture of Japanese Diplomacy. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-01521-0; OCLC 56493769
- 2007 — Japan Society: Celebrating a Century 1907-2007 (with Edwin O. Reischauer). New York: Japan Society. ISBN 9780913304594; OCLC 85766283
- 2011 — "Pacific Cosmpolitans: A Cultural History of U.S.-Japan Relations. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
- "The Japanese Discovery of America: A Brief History with Documents," The Historian, Vol. 61, 1999.
- Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum
- Fulbright fellow
- Japan Foundation fellow
- Asia Society Asia 21 Fellow
- Marshall fellow
- Yasuhiro Nakasone Prize for Excellence, Institute for International Policy Studies, Tokyo
- American Enterprise Institute (AEI): Auslin, bio notes
- Auslin, Michael R. "On Memorial Day, Remembering the Old Army Buddy," Washington Post. May 24, 2009.
- Library of Congress (LOC): Michael Auslin, bio notes
- See works archived at http://www.aei.org/scholar/michael-auslin/
- Auslin, Michael. "Flying Not Quite as High." Weekly Standard, 7 May 2012.
- "Iran worried over Israel's F-35 plans." UPI, 13 July 2009.
- WorldCat Identities: Auslin, Michael R. 1967-
- "Michael Auslin named a Marshall Memorial Fellow," Yale Bulletin & Calendar, Vol. 35, No. 13. December 15, 2006.
- "Recipients of the Sixth Nakasone Yasuhiro Award" (PDF). Institute for International Policy Studies. Retrieved 4 June 2015.