Linda Hasunuma, Ph.D.

The University of Bridgeport

Country: United States (Pennsylvania)

About Me:

I earned my B.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Bridgeport's School of Public and International Affairs where I teach courses in Political Science, assist with the Political Science and International Political Economy and Diplomacy (IPED) program's advising needs, and serve on the Honors and General Education Committees. I will serve as acting Chair of the new Political Science major. My current research is on gender politics in East Asia, especially women's leadership and participation in civil society, and the politics of history and memory on US-Japan-South Korea relations. In June of 2019, I will be part of the Bridging the Divide program on Japan-South Korea relations sponsored by the Korea Foundation and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. I am also one of the four leaders/organizers of the Japan-American Women Political Scientists Symposium for the American Political Science Association. Please see my website for the most current information about my scholarship, teaching, media interviews, and service to the profession:

Research Interests

Asian Politics

Gender and Politics

Gender & Institutions

Gender And Politics


Japan-South Korea

Comfort Women

Korean Americans

Countries of Interest


South Korea

My Research:

My dissertation was on the decentralization and structural reforms implemented by the Japanese government during the Koizumi administration. My current research agenda is on women's activism and participation in civil society in Japan and South Korea; womenomics and gender equality policies and institutions in Japan; the local, national, and transnational politics of commemorating the Comfort Women issue; and transnational networks and their impact on international relations and gender issues. I am also actively involved in communities dedicated to the diversity, inclusion, and retention of minority students and faculty, especially women of color. I can speak about Japan, the Koreas, and East Asian politics (domestic and international) as well as on gender politics more broadly, including the #metoo movement in East Asia. I can also comment on diversity, inclusion, and the advancement of minorities in higher education.