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State Building: A Problem of Political Authority

Monday, November 10, 2014
12:15pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Oak Hall Room 438

Free Public Lecture / State-building: A Problem of Political Authority by Reo Matsuzaki

Monday, November 10, 12:15PM / Oak Hall Room 438

Co-sponsored by the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute and the Department of Political Science

Attending this event counts towards Sophomore Honors

Reo Matsuzaki (Ph.D. MIT) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Trinity College (Hartford, CT). His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics and history of East Asia, with a focus on colonialism and its legacies. His current book project, based on several years of archival research in multiple countries, examines variation in institution-building outcomes within colonial occupations, particularly in the areas of police and education. At the heart of his investigation is a comparison of two historic cases of state-building—the Japanese occupation of Taiwan (1895-1945) and the U.S. occupation of the Philippines (1898-1942)—which resulted in contrasting state-building outcomes despite the existence of comparable starting conditions. Prior to coming to Trinity, Matsuzaki was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, where he managed a project examining the issue of governance in China.


Ms. Fe Delos-Santos at

Asian American Studies Institute (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Honors Program, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Political Science, UConn Master Calendar

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