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Hiroyuki Yamamoto
山本 博之

Associate Professor
Political Science
  • B.A., M.A., Keio University
    M.A., University of California, San Diego
    Ph.D.,University of Virginia
hyamamo[at mark]


Biographical Statement

Hiroyuki Yamamoto is a full-time lecturer of Political Science at the Institute for International Strategy (IIS) at Tokyo International University. He received his Ph.D. in Government from the University of Virginia in 2009. Dr. Yamamoto taught at various academic institutions including the University of Virginia (2008-2009), the University of California, Los Angeles (2010-2011), the University of Washington (2011-2012), Washington and Lee University (2010), and the University of Richmond (2012-2015). He was a recipient of the Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellowship at the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies and was also awarded a research fellowship from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. His primary research interest is the historical origins of democratic breakdown in interwar economies.

Selected Publication of Hiroyuki Yamamoto

  • 2019
  • “Democratic Backsliding and Party System in Interwar Japan.” Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies 19(3). Forthcoming.
  • 2019
  • “Democratic Backsliding: Lessons from Interwar Japan.” AsiaGlobal Online Journal. Retrieved June 26, 2019. (
  • 2019
  • “The Path-Dependent Origins of Patronage Politics in Prewar Japan (戦前日本におけるパトロネージ型政治の経路依存的起源).” Global Studies 3: 27-44. Retrieved March 20, 2019. (
  • 2013
  • “Heisei Emperor” and “Law on Assembly and Political Association (1890).” In Japan at War, ed. Louis G. Perez, 6-7, 203-204. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
  • 2009
  • "The Origins of Democratic Breakdown in Interwar Japan." PhD dissertation, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, University of Virginia, VA.