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, Monday through Thursday (Room 524)
EDepartmental Affiliation: Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS)
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 course work 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 Methodology: An Introduction to Conflict and Contentious Politics (Fall) – sample syllabus
EConflict and Social Change: An Advanced Seminar on Contentious Politics (Spring) – sample syllabus
EThesis Seminar: Thesis Structure and Research (Fall)
EComparative Politics (Ph.D. level)
EReforming Islamist Iran: Religion, Intellectuals, and Politics in the Rafsanjani-Khatami Years. Book Manuscript.
Recent/Upcoming Conference Presentations
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.
Select Publications (also visit my SSRN page)
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).
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)