Associate Professor Ehito Kimura
I am a Swiss born, American bred, Japanese working in the field of comparative politics and Southeast Asian politics. I grew up in the outskirts of Washington DC and studied at Georgetown University (BSFS), Yale University (MA), and University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD) before coming to Hawai‘i in 2007. I am currently Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
My research interests lie at the nexus of political change and Southeast Asian politics. My dissertation and subsequent book manuscript entitled "Provincial Proliferation: Territorial Politics in Post-Suharto Indonesia" (Routledge 2012) explores the changing dynamics of territoriality after the fall of authoritarianism and the rise of democracy and decentralization in Indonesia. I have also written several articles about political change and democratic transition in Indonesia. More recently, I have been working on a project looking at transitional justice in Indonesia in comparative perspective.
I teach classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level. At the undergraduate level, I have taught Introduction to Political Science (POLS 110A), Introduction to World Politics (POLS 120), Global Politics/Comparative (POLS 305), Southeast Asian Politics (POLS 307B), Global Politics/International Relations (POLS 315) and Political Inquiry and Analysis (POLS 390). At the graduate level, I have taught Scope and Methods (POLS 600), Comparative Politics (POLS 640), Asian Politics (POLS 680) and Politics of Regions (POLS 780).