Michael Robert Auslin (born 17 March 1967) is an American writer, policy analyst, historian, and Asia expert. He is currently the Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was formerly an associate professor at Yale University and a resident scholar and director of Japanese studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C.
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 a Ph.D. in history 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.
Auslin has authored three monographs, The End of the Asian Century (Yale, 2017), which was named to the Politico 50 Reading List; Pacific Cosmopolitans (Harvard, 2011); and Negotiating With Imperialism (Harvard, 2004), in addition to co-authoring or editing two other books. He has published with The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, National Review, The New Criterion, The New York Review of Books, Politico, The Spectator (UK), The Telegraph (UK), The Washington Post, and The Weekly Standard, among other outlets.
He has been a commentator on Fox News, BBC, and for other media outlets, including The News Hour. He was a featured commentator and script consultant in the 2004 PBS series "Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire". On radio, he comments frequently for the nationally-syndicated John Batchelor Show on WABC, as well as for the Chicago-based Steve Cochran Show on WGN, among others.
- 2004 — 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.
- 2017 — The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World's Most Dynamic Region
- "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.
- Dooley, Ben (10 February 2011). "Former JETs defend program". Retrieved 27 August 2017 – via Japan Times Online.
- Library of Congress (LOC): Michael Auslin, bio notes
- "WorldCat Identities". www.oclc.org. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
- "Yale Professor Named a Young Global Leader". YaleNews. 1 February 2006. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
- "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.
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- Library of Congress webcast: Highlights of Japan-US relationship with Norman Mineta, Midori Goto, Naoyuki Agawa and Michael Auslin, 2007
- Interview with Auslin on "New Books in East Asian Studies"