Associate Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Political Economy of Northeast Asia and Comparative Social Policy
Yumi Shimabukuro’s core research and teaching interests lie in the areas of comparative politics and political economy, with a regional expertise in Northeast Asia. She teaches courses that explore the intersection of political, economic, and social development for the Program on Economic Policy and Management and the Executive Masters in Public Administration. She previously taught at Harvard University and MIT and was awarded the Derek Bok Certificate of Teaching Excellence.
Shimabukuro is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Building an Inegalitarian Welfare State, which examines the co-evolution of democratic, capitalist, and social welfare institutions in advanced industrialized countries, with a particular focus on Japan. Her article-length papers address the issues of the origins of democratic institutions, industrial relations, and the redistributive consequences of varying economic growth strategies. Her research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, the Association of Asian Studies, and the Center for International Studies at MIT, among others.
Shimabukuro holds an MA in International Economics from Columbia University, a Ph.D. in Political Economy from the Department of Political Science at MIT, and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from Harvard University. She is currently involved in projects aimed at improving global literacy through collaborative learning initiatives and surveying the extent of social resilience and exclusion in the neoliberal era.