I am a professor of political science at the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo. I am originally from Ireland but was raised in Tokyo, Japan. I moved to the United States for university, obtained a PhD in political science, and worked at a number of universities, most recently as an assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan. 

Kilkenny Castle Gardens



1999 - 2005 Ph.D. in Political Science

Stanford University

1995 - 1999 A.B. in Public & International Affairs 

Princeton University


St. Mary's International School, Tokyo

2015 -  University of Tokyo (Japan)

Institute of Social Science

Professor (2019-), Associate Professor (2015-18)

2018 - 19  Oxford University (UK)

Visiting Research Fellow

2008 - 15  University of Michigan (USA)

Department of Political Science

Assistant Professor

2011  European University Institute (Italy)

Visiting Research Fellow

2006 - 08  Stanford University (USA)

Div. of Int'l, Comparative, and Area Studies


2005 - 06  Harvard University (USA)

Program on US-Japan Relations

Advanced Research Fellow