Kent E. Calder

Kent E. Calder, PhD

Director of Asia Programs
Director of Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies
Japan Studies
Korea Studies

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  • Energy Issues
  • Energy and Security
  • Strategic and Security Issues
  • International Political Economy
  • Japanese

Background and Education

Kent Calder serves as Director of Asia Programs and Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington, DC. Before arriving at Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2003, Calder taught for twenty years at Princeton University and four years at Harvard University. He also held visiting positions at Seoul National University, Yangon University, and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang University as the Rajaratnam Professor of Strategic Studies. Calder has served as Special Advisor to the US Ambassador to Japan (1997-2001), Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1989-1993 and 1996), and as the first Executive Director of Harvard University’s Program on US-Japan Relations from 1979-1980. A specialist in East Asian political economy, Calder has spent eleven years living and researching in Japan and four years elsewhere in East Asia. Calder received his PhD from Harvard University in 1979, where he worked under the direction of Edwin O. Reischauer. He was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in the fall of 2014.
Calder’s most recent works include Circles of Compensation: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan (Stanford, 2017), Singapore: Smart City, Smart State (Brookings, 2016), Asia in Washington (Brookings, 2014), and The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics (Yale, 2012). He has also authored Embattled Garrisons: Comparative Base Politics and American Globalism (Princeton, 2007), co-authored The Making of Northeast Asia (Stanford, 2010), and co-edited East Asian Multilateralism (Johns Hopkins, 2008) with Francis Fukuyama. Among Calder’s major works on Japanese politics and public policy are Crisis and Compensation (Princeton, 1988) and Strategic Capitalism (Princeton, 1993). He has also written extensively on Asian energy geopolitics and US-Japan relations, including Pacific Alliance (Yale, 2009) and Pacific Defense (William Morrow, 1996). Calder’s first book, The East Asia Edge (Basic Books, 1982), co-authored with Roy Hofheinz, Jr.), was one of the early studies of comparative East Asian public policy, based on a seminar first co-taught with Hofheinz at Harvard in the fall of 1979.

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Spring 2015