Graduate School of Asia-Pacific StudiesWaseda University



  • Position:Professor
  • Degree:Ph.D in Political Science, Kobe University
  • Background
    Lecturer and Associate Professor, Iwate Prefectural University (2007-2016)
    Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University (2017-2018)
    Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University (2019-present)

Field of Specialization

Politics of Religion, Culture and Gender

Comparative Politics, Social Movements

Politics in Southeast Asia

Research Theme

State and Society in Indonesia

Islamic political and social movements

Feminism and Islamism

Major Works / Publications Awards

Major Works


“Urban Sufi and Politics in Contemporary Indonesia: The Role of Dhikr Associations in the Anti-‘Ahok’ Rallies,” South East Asia Research, 2019.

“The Politics of Religious Pluralism in Indonesia: The Shi’a Response to the Sampang Incidents of 2011–12,” co-authored with Kayane Yuka, TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia, 2019.

“Looking at Links and Nodes: How Jihadists in Indonesia Survived,” Southeast Asian Studies, 5(1), 2016, pp.135-154.

“Playful Relief: Folk Performing Arts in Japan after the 2011 Tsunami”, Asian Ethnology, Volume 75, Number 1, 2016, pp.139-162.

“The Role of Religion and Ethnicity in Jakarta’s 2012 Gubernatorial Election,” Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 33(1), 2014, pp.55-83.


Southeast Asian Muslims in the Era of Globalization, co-edited with Omar Farouk, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Religious Market and Politics in Contemporary Indonesia (in Japanese), Tokyo: Heibonsha, 2014.


The 1st Asia Pacific Research Scholarship Prize (2002)

Academic Societies / Service to Society

Academic Societies

Japan Society for Southeast Asian Studies

Japan Association for Comparative Politics

Japan Association of International Relations

Research Project

MA: Politics in Southeast Asia
PhD: Religion and Politics in Contemporary Southeast Asia

Research theme, outline of project research seminar, message to prospects

There are currently students from China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam in this project research seminar (as in July 2019). While we mainly deal with politics in Southeast Asia, students can tackle a wide range of empirical research topics including: (social) media/ pop culture and politics in a particular Asia-Pacific country, Policy on Islam in China, Religious views of immigrant workers in Japan, Politics of gender expression etc. Those students who eager to pursue careers in academia, NGOs, government, journalist and business will be welcomed.

The area studies are premised upon the experience of being outsider, of stepping out of a familiar world where things are taken for granted. Fruitful comparisons often arise from the experience of strangeness and absences. (Cf. Benedict Anderson, “Frameworks of Comparison,” LRB, 2016.)

The project research aims to explore strangeness and absences in contemporary Southeast Asian politics. The settings and objects of analysis will not be confined to a particular state or political regime in a narrow sense. We will perform an intensive literature review of various political issues in Southeast Asia and beyond. Students are strongly encouraged to study the regional languages and to appreciate the history and culture of Southeast Asia.

Web Page/ Researcher DB (in Japanese)



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