Associate Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Japanese Political Economy, Democratization and Economic Development in Northeast Asia, and Politics of Poverty in Affluent Democracies
Yumi received her B.A. in International Relations from Lewis & Clark College, M.I.A. from Columbia University, and Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT. Before coming to the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Yumi was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at Harvard University, where she was a recipient of the Advanced Research Fellowship and the Harvard University Certificate of Teaching Excellence.
She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Building an Inegalitarian Welfare State which offers a systematic comparative examination of Japanese welfare state development. Yumi's article-length projects address the issues of the origins of capitalism and democratic institutions, industrial relations, and the politics of social assistance for the elderly in East Asia.
Her research has been funded by various organizations, including the Association for Asian Studies, Social Science Research Council, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and the Center for International Studies at MIT.
In the upcoming semester, Yumi will teach two courses: Managing Social and Economic Risk: Comparative Public Policy Approaches and The Politics of Building Welfare States in East Asia.
Please visit www.yshimabukuro.com for more information about my teaching and research.