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T.J. Pempel

T. J. Pempel is Jack M. Forcey Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley. He served as director of the Institute of East Asian Studies from 2002 until 2006, where he held the Il Han New Chair in Asian Studies. Just prior to Berkeley, he was at the University of Washington at Seattle where he was the Boeing Professor of International Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies and an adjunct professor in political science.

Pempel's research and teaching focus on comparative politics, political economy, contemporary Japan, and Asian regionalism. His current research involves Asian adjustments to the rise in global finance and the decline in security bipolarity. Recent books include Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia (Routledge), The Economic-Security Nexus in Northeast Asia (Routledge), Remapping East Asia: The Construction of a Region (Cornell), and Regime Shift: Comparative Dynamics of the Japanese Political Economy (Cornell). In addition, he has published more than one hundred scholarly articles and chapters in books. Pempel is on the editorial boards of a dozen professional journals, and serves on various committees of the American Political Science Association, the Association for Asian Studies, and the International Studies Association Council. He is a presidentially-appointed Commissioner on the Japan-US Friendship Commission and is active in the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue. He holds a PhD from Columbia University.

  • comparative politics
  • political economy
  • contemporary Japan
  • Asian regionalism

Steering Committee chair, current

Steering Committee member, past

Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue