Kazuya Fukuoka, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of International Relations
Office: B/L 203
Phone: 610-660-1930
Email: kfukuoka@sju.edu

Curriculum Vitae (CV)


  • M.A. and Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • B.A., Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

Professional Experience

Kazuya Fukuoka joined the faculty at Saint Joseph’s University in the fall of 2008.  Dr. Fukuoka’s major fields of study are International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Sociology of Culture.  He is particularly interested in the socio-political implications of collective memory and nationalism in Asia, particularly Japan, in which underlying cultural as well as social structures are pursued within the broader framework of the sociological turn in IR theories.  He is also a faculty member of Asian Studies Program and International Relations Program.  Prior to SJU, Dr. Fukuoka taught at Georgia Institute of Technology and Spelman College. 


Courses Taught

POL 113 Introduction to Comparative Politics
The primary objective of this course is to provide students with an introduction into the study of comparative political systems.  The course largely comprises two parts.  The first part deals with comparative methodologies and major theoretical /conceptual approaches in comparative political analysis.  In this segment, we will rather extensively examine and discuss democracy and democratization as an underlying theme of this course.  What is democracy?  How can one judge a certain political system as democratic?  How do different countries achieve / fail democracy with what kinds of strategies?  The second part involves the systemic analysis of selected major political systems in terms of Liberal /Industrializing Democracy (Britain), Developing Political System (Nigeria), and Communist and Post-Communist Political Systems (China and Russia).

POL 333 Asian Political Systems
The course examines the policy behaviors of the most intriguing systems of East Asia (China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan).  To this end, we will explore the intricacies of the cultural, historical, and psychological contexts in which behavioral and policy motivations may be explained.  Along with the comparative analysis of each country (political system, political economy, state-society relations, and foreign relations), major contemporary issues and policies will be also examined.

POL 350: Haunted by the Past: Memory and Reconciliation in Global Society
War apologies abound.  Since the end of the Cold War, what we have been witnessing is a world-wide surge in memory.  We are living in the era where collective apologies have become more and more common, and, as in Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka, to reconcile with the past has become critical part of contemporary politics of memory and regret.  More concretely, this course will explore and examine the following questions: Can state apologize?  Can the current generations apologize for the past wrongs and /or feel responsible?  Or, should they?  How do individuals articulate the link between identification with the state (and national pride) and sense of individual responsibility?  Is reconciliation possible?  Can memories go beyond national borders? Can it be something universal?  The case examinations of memory contexts include Germany, South Africa, Japan, China, and South Korea.

POL 364: The International Relations of East Asia
The course examines and discusses the most intriguing dynamics of international relations in East Asia.  Along with the historical analysis of international relation in the region since the mid-19th century, the course will engage in the discussion of pressing issues that characterize contemporary international politics in the region, including (1)  Japan’s post-Cold War Security Profile, (2) Sino-Taiwanese Tension and the U.S. Involvement, (3) North Korean Nuclear Crisis, (4) Regional Economic Development, and (5) International Politics of Memory in Asia.

POL 367 Ethics in International Affairs
What is morality in international politics?  Is ethical reasoning and action possible in international affairs?  If possible, when and how?  Proponents of IR Realist often claim that there is virtually no room for morality in international affairs, and states and state actors are rational thinkers in the state of international anarchy.  For them, ethics are simply luxury and irrelevant.  On the other hand, thinkers under the tradition of IR liberalism/idealism emphasize the ethical dimension of state decision making and state behaviors.  On what moral ground or ethical reasoning, are the moral behaviors taken place and observed/unobserved?  The primary objective of the course is to help students enhance their analytical ability for the study of international ethics.  To this end, the course will explore the main traditions and theories of international ethics with a focus on such topical areas as just war and use of force, universal human rights and humanitarian intervention, and national collective memory and post-conflict reconciliation.

POL 403 Seminar:  Nation and Nationalism in Global Society
The primary objective of this seminar is to help students enhance their analytical abilities for the study of contemporary national problematique.  In the rapidly changing contemporary global world, why are people still attracted, swayed, and annoyed by what is national?  What is so important about being a part of nation?  What drive people to develop specific allegiance toward a nation?  And, how?  More fundamentally, what is nation?  In this line, thematic scopes of this seminar also includes (1) the examination of contemporary globalization and contemporary political identities in a globalized world, (2) theoretical as well as empirical implications of “others” in identity formation, and (3) the discussion of national collective memories and the so-called memory-nation nexus.


Journal Articles

• “Between Banality and Effervescence?: A Study of Japanese Youth Nationalism,” Nations and Nationalism (2016). DOI: 10.1111/nana.12276

• “Memory, Nation, and National Commemoration of War Dead: A Study of Japanese Public Opinions on the Yasukuni Controversy,” Asian Politics & Policy, 5, no. 1 (2013):  27-49.

• “School History Textbooks and Historical Memories in Japan: A Study of Reception,” International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, 24, no. 3-4(2011): 83-103.

Book Chapters

• “Memory and Others: Japan’s Mnemonic Turn in the 1990s,” in Routledge Handbook of Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia, ed., Mikyoung Kim (London, UK: Routledge, 2015), pp. 63-78.

   *Best Book Award, Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea (December 2016).

• “Japan’s Asian Diplomacy and the Struggle over the War Memories,” in Volume One: Foreign Policy and Security in an Asian Century: Threats, Strategies and Policy Choices (World Scientific Series on Globalization, Development, and Security in Asia), ed., Benny Teh Cheng Guan (London, UK: World Scientific, 2014), pp. 95-113.

• “Responsibility, Regret, and Nationalism in Japanese Memory,” in Northeast Asia's Difficult Past: Essays in Collective Memory, eds., Mikyoung Kim & Barry Schwartz (Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies, 2010), pp. 71-97 (1st Author. Co-authored with Barry Schwartz). 

    *Tanslated into Japanese and published in Japan in 2014 from Keisō Shobō (Tokyo, Japan).

• “Politics of Memory and Nationalism,” in New Frontiers in International Relations Theory, ed., Takehiko Yamamoto (Tokyo: Seibundo, 2010), pp. 336-365 (in Japanese).

• “Collective Memory: Why Culture Matters,” The Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Culture, eds., Mark D. Jacobs & Nancy Weiss Hanrahan (Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 2005), pp. 253-271 (2nd Author. Co-authored with Barry Schwartz & Sachiko Takita-Ishii).


• “A Critical Appraisal of the ‘Comfort Women’ Agreement between Japan and South Korea,” E-International Relations (March 2016).

• “Japanese History Textbook Controversies: The Missing Link,” Asia Pacific Memo (March 2012).