TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF FOREIGN STUDIES
Graduate School of Global Studies
3-11-1 Asahi-cho, Fuchu-shi
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]
EEmail: matsunaga @ tufs.ac.jp
EOffice Hours: 12:00-12:30, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (Room 524)
EDepartmental Affiliation: Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS)
EResearch Center Affiliation: Interdisciplinary Research Unit for Global Democratic Change (GDC)
EConflict, Contentious Politics, and Political Change
EComparative Political Regimes and Democratization
EPolitics and Culture
EQualitative Social Science Theories and Methodologies
*Please note: because of the ways in which the required coursework is structured at this university, I am available for supervision only if you are entering our graduate programs at the M.A. level; I have Ph.D. students under my supervision, but all of them have gone through our M.A. program.
Research Interest & Specialization
EContentious Politics and Democratization in Iran and the greater Middle East
EIslam and Politics in Iran and the greater Middle East
EDynamics of Sectarian Conflict in the greater Middle East
EPostrevivalist Reformist Islamic Trends and Thinkers
EHistorical Trajectories of Desecularization and Resecularization in Iran and the greater Middle East
EPh.D. (political science), New York University, 2006.
EM.A. (international studies), University of South Carolina, 1994.
EB.A. (Islamic studies), University of Tokyo, 1987.
Courses [offered in English]
EPCS Research Methodology: An Introduction to Conflict and Contentious Politics (Fall) – Syllabus
EConflict and Social Change: An Advanced Seminar on Conflict and Contentious Politics (Spring) – Syllabus
EThesis Seminar: Thesis Structure and Research (Fall)
EPolitics and Culture – at ICU (Autumn) – Syllabus
EComparative Politics: PCS PhD Seminar (Fall) – Syllabus
EReforming Islamist Iran: Religion, Intellectuals, and Politics in the Rafsanjani-Khatami Years. Book Manuscript.
Upcoming/Recent Conference Presentations
E gA Processual Sociological Perspective on Sectarian Insurgency in Iranfs Two Border Areas,h Conference gRe-thinking Nationalism, Sectarianism, and Ethno-Religious Mobilisation in the Middle East,h Middle East Centre, St. Antonyfs College and Pembroke College, the University of Oxford, 28 January 2018
E gReconciling Islamic Constitutionalism with Pragmatic Governance: What Does the Iranian Experience Offer?h Conference on Religion and the State, hosted by The Arab Association of Constitutional Law, Tunis, Tunisia, March 24, 2017.
E gResisting Resecularization in Post-Khomeini Iran,h International Workshop gImagining an Alternative ePost-Secularf State: Historicizing and Comparing National Struggles over Resecularization,h Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, February 17, 2017. <program>
E gReligion, Violence, and the Politics of Sanctified Punishment: A Case of Iranfs Islamic State,h 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Regular Session: Redefining the Public Sphere in the Middle East), Seattle, August 21, 2016.
E gKhomeinism: the Non-Obvious Constraints on Political Reform in Iran,h Cultures of Freedom and Contending Visions of Justice and Governance in the Muslim World Symposium, University of Sydney, Australia, April 2015 (site).
E gTheorizing Cross-National Conflict Non-Diffusion: Why Sectarian Violence Doesn't Spread Beyond National Borders in the Greater Middle East,h Fourth World Congress for Middle East Studies, Ankara, Turkey, August 2014.
EgReview Essay: (Theological and Institutional Soul-searching Aside) Will Re-problematizing Iranfs Islamic State à la eReligious Secularityf Require Another Islamic State?h Journal of Religious and Political Practice 3, 1-2 (2017): 84-87. [full text]
[Online] DOI: 10.1080/20566093.2017.1292173
EgIslamic Dissent in Iranfs full-fledged Islamic Revolutionary State,h in Between Dissent and Power: The Transformation of Islamic politics in the Middle East and Asia, ed. Khoo Boo Teik, Vedi R. Hadiz, and Yoshihiro Nakanishi (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014), 66-88. [publisher site] [full text]
[Online] DOI: 10.1057/9781137408808_4
EgIranfs Strategic Culture and the Hegemony Question,h International Relations, 167 (2012), 42-56.
[Online] DOI: 10.11375/kokusaiseiji.167_42
EgHuman Rights and New Jurisprudence in Mohsen Kadivarfs Advocacy of eNew-Thinkerf Islam,h Die Welt des Islams, 51, 3-4 (2011), 358-381. [full text]
[Online] DOI: 10.1163/157006011X603541
EgThe Secularization of a Faqih-headed Revolutionary Islamic State of Iran: Its Mechanisms, Processes, and Prospects,h Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 29, 3 (2009), 468-482. [full text]
[Online] DOI: 10.1215/1089201X-2009-032
EgPopular Sovereignty and Republicanism in Iranfs Postrevolutionary Electoral Democracy,h in Development of Parliamentarism in the Modern Islamic World, ed. Sato Tsugitaka (Tokyo: The Toyo Bunko, 2009), 134-153.
EgRevisiting Ayatollah Khomeinifs Doctrine of Wilayat al-Faqih (Velayat-e Faqih),h Orient, 44 (2009), 77-90.
[Online] DOI: 10.5356/orient.44.77
EgMohsen Kadivar, an Advocate of Postrevivalist Islam in Iran,h British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 34, 3 (2007), 319-329. [full text]
[Online] DOI: 10.1080/13530190701388333
EgThe Middle East in International Relations,h International Relations, 141 (2005), 1-9.
[Online] DOI: 10.11375/kokusaiseiji1957.141_1
EgExamining the Views of eAllamah Majlisi on Legitimate Political Authority (salatanat-i mashrueah) and the Guardianship of the Jurist (wilayat-i faqih),h Orient, 35 (2000), 12-22.
[Online] DOI: 10.5356/orient1960.35.12
EgLfÉtat rentier est-il réfractaire à la décmoractie?,h Critique international, 8 (2000), 45-68. [full text]
[Online] DOI: 10.3406/criti.2000.1439
Short Analytical Essays (a.k.a., blog posts)
EgIs Iran Seeking Regional Hegemony?h Atlantic Councilfs IranInsight (April 12, 2016)
EgFrom Tokyo to Tehran,h an interview in Persian with the staff of The Majles Library of Iran (May 7, 2016).
EAmerican Political Science Association (APSA) – section memberships: comparative politics, comparative democratization
EAmerican Sociological Association (ASA) – section memberships: political sociology, comparative historical sociology, sociology of culture, middle east sociology working group (MESWG)
EInternational Political Science Association (IPSA) – RC43 religion and politics
EMiddle East Studies Association of North America (MESA)
EAssociation for Iranian Studies (AIS)