Brian Woodall


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  • School of International Affairs
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Brian Woodall joined the faculty of the Sam Nunn School in 1994.  He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and has held full-time faculty positions at the University of California at Irvine and at Harvard University as well as visiting appointments at the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tohoku University, and Kobe University.  Dr. Woodall is the author of Growing Democracy in Japan: The Parliamentary Cabinet System Since 1868 (University Press of Kentucky), Japan Under Construction: Corruption, Politics, and Public Works (University of California Press), and Japan's Changing World Role (Japan Society), and co-editor of Elections in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan Under the Single Non-Transferable Vote (University Michigan Press).  In addition, he has authored numerous articles and book chapters, served as Chair of the Southern Japan Seminar, and serves on the editorial board of Routledge Studies on Comparative Asian Politics.  He has been interviewed on many media outlets, including CNN, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and the Asahi Shimbun.  His research focuses on issues of sustainable development, including energy and environmental policies; the role of institutions in shaping transportation investment, equity, and regional proposerity; institutions and disasster mitigation in an era of climate change; and mega-region sustainability in comparative perspective.  Dr. Woodall has received funding support from the Fulbright Commission (U.S. Japan Educational Commission), Coca-Cola Foundation, U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, the Abe Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council, the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, and the Japan Foundation.  His teaching includes graduate and undergraduate courses in comparative politics and global development, government and politics of Japan and East Asia, energy and environmental policy, and sustainable development.

He is also Director of the Japan Summer Program in Sustainable Development.

  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley (Political Science)
Awards and
  • Fulbright Scholar (Japan)
  • Abe Fellowship (Social Science Research Council)
  • Japan Foundation Dissertation Fellow
  • Chancellor
  • Bennett Prize in Political Science for Best Undergraduate Research Paper
Areas of
  • Comparative Politics
  • Democratic Development
  • East Asian Government And Politics
  • Energy Security
  • Environmental Policy
  • Global Development
  • Institutional Analysis
  • Japanese Government And Politics
  • Mega-region Sustainability
  • Political Corruption
  • Sustainable Development


Research Fields:
  • Clean Energy
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
  • Global Energy Security
  • Institutional Analysis
  • Regional Security Challenges
  • Transportation
  • Asia (East)
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • International Development
  • Regional Development
  • Infrastructure
  • Institution-Building
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation


  • INTA-2001: Careers In Intl Affairs
  • INTA-2050: Intro to Global Develpmt
  • INTA-2230: Govt & Politics of Asia
  • INTA-2698: Research Assistantship
  • INTA-3040: Energy Environ Policy
  • INTA-3203: Comparative Politics
  • INTA-3231: Gov't & Politics-Japan
  • INTA-3232: Sustainable Megaregion
  • INTA-4040: Environmental Politics
  • INTA-4744: Global Develop Capstone
  • INTA-6202: Comparative Politics
  • INTA-8001: Sci,Tech&Intl Affairs II
  • INTA-8010: IAST Ph.D. Proseminar
  • INTA-8813: Special Topics
  • INTA-8823: Special Topics
  • INTA-8833: Special Topics

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