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Dr Amy Catalinac

Ph.D. (Harvard), B.A. Hons (First Class) (Victoria University of Wellington), B.A. (Otago).
Research Fellow, Department of International Relations, School of International, Political and Strategic Studies
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: +61 2 6125 3103

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations 160607
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606
  • Comparative Government And Politics 160603

Research interests

Japanese politics and international relations

International relations of the Asia-Pacific

Domestic political institutions

Quantitative text analysis


My research focuses on Japan’s role in the world.  In particular, I am interested in the domestic determinants of Japanese foreign and security policy.   My book, under review at a university press, seeks to explain why conservative Japanese politicians paid so much more attention to national security after 1997 than they did before 1997.   It applies new tools for quantitative text analysis to a new collection of 7,497 Japanese-language candidate election manifestos, which I collected during fifteen months of fieldwork in Japan, as well as insights from more than one hundred interviews, first-hand observations of the campaigns fought by several politicians in the 2009 election, and months spent as an intern in the Liberal Democratic Party’s Tokyo headquarters to explain this puzzle.   Past research has been published in Foreign Policy Analysis, Politics and Policy, Japan Forum, and Political Science.

I graduated with a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University in 2011.  I earned my B.A. Hons (First Class) in Political Science from Victoria University of Wellington in 2003 and my B.A. in Japanese and Political Studies from the University of Otago in 2002, both in my native New Zealand.  I also  studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Tokyo on the AIKOM program and again on a Japanese Ministry of Education scholarship, during which time I served as an intern for Japan's Liberal Democratic Party.

Researcher's projects

Public opinion on security issues in Japan

Politicians, big business, and Japan’s China Policy

Legislative behavior and security policy in Japan


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