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TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF FOREIGN STUDIES

Graduate School of Global Studies

3-11-1 Asahi-cho, Fuchu-shi

Tokyo 183-8534

JAPAN

 

Yasuyuki Matsunaga

professor

 

Specialities

Education

Courses

Publications

Affiliations

Contact

 

Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

 

Contact

EEmail: matsunaga @ tufs.ac.jp

EOffice Hours: 12:00-12:30, Monday through Thursday (Room 524)

EDepartmental Affiliation: Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS)

EResearch Center Affiliation: Interdisciplinary Research Unit for Global Democratic Change (GDC)

 

Teaching Interest*

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

 

 

Education

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]

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EPCS Research Methodology: An Introduction to Conflict and Contentious Politics (Fall) – Syllabus

EConflict and Social Change: An Advanced Seminar on Contentious Politics (Spring) – Syllabus

EThesis Seminar: Thesis Structure and Research (Fall)

EPolitics and Culture – at ICU (Autumn) – Syllabus [PDF]

EComparative Politics: PCS PhD Seminar (Fall) – Syllabus

 

Work in Progress

EReforming Islamist Iran: Religion, Intellectuals, and Politics in the Rafsanjani-Khatami Years. Book Manuscript.

 

Upcoming/Recent Conference Presentations

E  gResisting Resecularization in Post-Khomeini Iran,h International Workshop gImagining an Alternative ePost-Secularf 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 Iranfs 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.

 

Select Publications (also visit my SSRN page)

EgIslamic Dissent in Iranfs 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

EgIranfs Strategic Culture and the Hegemony Question,h International Relations, 167 (2012), 42-56.

[Online] DOI: 10.11375/kokusaiseiji.167_42

EgHuman Rights and New Jurisprudence in Mohsen Kadivarfs Advocacy of eNew-Thinkerf Islam,h Die Welt des Islams, 51, 3-4 (2011), 358-381. [full text]

[Online] DOI: 10.1163/157006011X603541

EgThe 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

EgPopular Sovereignty and Republicanism in Iranfs Postrevolutionary Electoral Democracy,h in Development of Parliamentarism in the Modern Islamic World, ed. Sato Tsugitaka (Tokyo: The Toyo Bunko, 2009), 134-153.

EgRevisiting Ayatollah Khomeinifs Doctrine of Wilayat al-Faqih (Velayat-e Faqih),h Orient, 44 (2009), 77-90.

[Online] DOI: 10.5356/orient.44.77

EgPolitical Parties,h in Iran Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Islamic Republic, ed. Mehran Kamrava and Manochehr Dorraj (Westport, CT: Greenwod, 2008), 390-394. [bookseller][full text]

EgMohsen 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

EgThe Middle East in International Relations,h International Relations, 141 (2005), 1-9.

[Online] DOI: 10.11375/kokusaiseiji1957.141_1

EgExamining the Views of eAllamah Majlisi on Legitimate Political Authority (salatanat-i mashrueah) and the Guardianship of the Jurist (wilayat-i faqih),h Orient, 35 (2000), 12-22.

[Online] DOI: 10.5356/orient1960.35.12

EgLfÉtat 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)

EgIs Iran Seeking Regional Hegemony?h Atlantic Councilfs IranInsight (April 12, 2016)

 

Interviews

EgFrom Tokyo to Tehran,h an interview in Persian with the staff of The Majles Library of Iran (May 7, 2016).

 

Associational Affiliations

EMiddle East Studies Association of North America (MESA)

EInternational Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS)

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