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Yasushi Watanabe

Yasushi Watanabe

Professor, Keio University


Graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University, and earned a PhD in social anthropology from Harvard University. Was an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; senior associate at Oxford University; fellow at Cambridge University; Japan scholar at the Wilson Center; visiting professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po); visiting scholar at the College of Europe; and visiting scholar at Peking University. Areas of specialization include American studies and public diplomacy. Is the author numerous publications, including Afuta Amerika: Bosutonian no kiseki to “bunka no seijigaku” (After America: Trajectories of the Bostonians and the Politics of Culture) (Keio University Press, 2004); Ribatarianizumu: Amerika o yurugasu jiyushijoshugi (Libertarianism: The Ultrafreedomism Shaking Up America[KN1] ) (Chuko Shinsho, 2019); Hakujin nashonarizumu: Amerika o yurugasu “bunkateki hando” (White Nationalism: The Cultural Backlash that Rocked America, Chuko Shinsho, 2020); Bunka to gaiko: Paburikku dipuromashi no jidai (Culture and Diplomacy: The Age of Public Diplomacy) (Chuko Shinsho, 2011); “Bunka” o toraenaosu: Karuchuraru sekyuriti no hasso (Rethinking Culture: On the Concept of Cultural Security) (Iwanami Shoten, 2015). Is the recipient of the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities, Shimizu Hiroshi Award of the Japanese Association for American Studies, Keio University’s Gijuku Prize, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Prize, and Japan Academy Medal [KN2] . Has served as chairman of the NHK International Broadcasting Program Council [KN3] .

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