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David Leheny

Visiting Professor (1 Oct 2010 - 31 Mar 2011)

Henry Wendt III '55 Professor of East Asian Studies, Princeton University

Research and Publications


Political science


Books and chapters

Books (Refereed)

2006    Think Global, Fear Local: Sex, Violence, and Anxiety in Contemporary Japan (Ithaca: Cornell University Press).
2003    The Rules of Play: National Identity and the Shaping of Japanese Leisure (Ithaca: Cornell University Press). Choice Magazine “Outstanding Academic Title.”

Refereed Articles, Chapters, and Edited Volumes

2009.    Japanese Aid and the Construction of Global Development. Volume co-edited with Kay Warren (Brown University). Includes two chapters written by Leheny and another coauthored by Leheny and Warren. Oxon, UK: Routledge (forthcoming).
2009.    “The Samurai Ride to Huntington’s Rescue: Japan Ponders its Global and Regional Roles,” chapter for Civilizational States in World Politics (ed. Peter J. Katzenstein). Oxon, UK: Routledge (forthcoming).
2009.    “Terrorism as International Security for Democracies: America, Japan, and Military Action in the Asia-Pacific,” chapter for The Consequences of Counterterrorist Policies in Democracies (ed. Martha Crenshaw). Russell Sage Foundation (forthcoming).

2006    “A Narrow Place to Cross Swords: Soft Power and the Politics of Japanese Popular Culture in Asia,” in Peter J. Katzenstein and Takashi Shiraishi (eds.), Beyond Japan: The Dynamics of East Asian Regionalism (Ithaca: Cornell University Press): 211-233.
2006    “Immovable Object? Japan’s Security Policy” (co-authored with H. Richard Friman, Peter J. Katzenstein, and Nobuo Okawara) in Peter J. Katzenstein and Takashi Shiraishi (eds.), Beyond Japan: The Dynamics of East Asian Regionalism (Ithaca: Cornell University Press): 85-107.
2005    “Al Qaeda in Southeast Asia: Terrorism, Social Movements, and International Security.” Japanese Journal of Political Science 6:1 (2005): 87-109.
2004    “The War on Terrorism in Asia and the Possibility of Secret Regionalization,” in T.J. Pempel (ed.), Remapping East Asia (Ithaca: Cornell University Press).
2002    “Strategies, Symbols, and Choices for International Relations Scholarship after September 11.” Dialogue-IO (Spring): 57-70.
2000    “By Other Means: Tourism and Leisure Policy in Prewar Japan.” Social Science Japan Journal 3: 2 (October): 171-186.
1995    “A Political Economy of Asian Sex Tourism.” Annals of Tourism Research 22: 2 (Winter).

Other Publications

Non-Refereed Publications

2009    “Four Cultures of Japanese Politics,” chapter for forthcoming Handbook of Japanese Culture, edited by Theodore C. Bestor and Vickey Bestor. London: Routledge (Forthcoming).
2002    “Japan.” Isao Itabashi and Masamichi Ogawara, with David Leheny. In Yonah Alexander (ed.) Counterterrorism Policies for the 21st Century (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press): 337-373.
2001    “Tokyo Confronts Terror.” Policy Review 110 (December 2001/January 2002): 37-47.
1999    “Kokusai suijun to nihon no rejâ seisaku” (International Standards and Japan’s Leisure Policies). Book chapter in Gendai nihon no rôdô to asobi (Work and Play in Contemporary Japan), Sepp Linhart, ed. Kyoto: International Center for Japanese Studies).
1997    “Tours of Duty: Why the Japanese Government Promoted Outbound Tours.” Social Science Japan 10, August 1997.

Book Reviews

2008    Japan After Japan (edited by Tomiko Yoda and Harry Harootunian), Journal of
Japanese Studies (forthcoming)

2007    Home Away From Home: Japanese Corporate Wives in the United States (by Sawa
Kurotani), Journal of Anthropological Research 63:3.

2003    Sokaiya: Extortion, Protection, and the Japanese Corporation (by Kenneth
Szymkowiak). Journal of Japanese Studies 29:2 (Fall).

2001    Minamata: Pollution and the Struggle for Democracy in Postwar Japan (by Timothy
George). Monumenta Nipponica 56:4 (Winter).
2001    Broadcasting Politics in Japan (by Ellis Krauss). Monumenta Nipponica 56:1 (Spring).
2001    Importing Diversity (by David McConnell). Contemporary Sociology 30: 6.
1999    The Culture of Japan as Seen through its Leisure (Sepp Linhart, Sabine Frühstück, eds.). Japanese Studies 19:2 (September).



  1. 1998 Ph.D., Department of Government, Cornell University
  2. 1994 M.A., Department of Government, Cornell University
  3. 1989 B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa; with Honors), Wesleyan University


since 2008: Henry Wendt III '55 Professor of East Asian Studies, Princeton University

1998-2007: Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Assistant Professor, 1998-2005; Associate Professor 2005-2007)
1996-1998: Research Associate (Joshu), Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo


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