Welcome to my website! I am Masaru Nishikawa, a professor at Tokyo-based Tsuda University.
I earned an S.J.D. from Keio University in 2007. Before joining Tsuda University, I was a Fulbright Scholar at Temple University in Philadelphia and a research fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, which is a private and non-partisan think tank focused on foreign and security issues.
I was born in Hyogo, Japan. And I spent part of my childhood in London, United Kingdom (1985 to 1989), where I attended Woodridge Primary School in North Finchley.
Areas of Expertise:
I work on a wide variety of different topics.
My research focus includes comparative politics, computational social science, qualitative & quantitative methods, American politics, and U.S.-Japan relations.
My research has been published as three books on American political history from Japanese publishers and also published in journals such as Party Politics, Diplomatic History, PS: Political Science & Politics, Frontiers in Physics, and many others.
Also, I delivered academic presentations at OAH, APSA, MPSA, Policy History Conference, SHAFR, SPSA and so on.
1. Comparative Politics: Study on Populism.
2. Computational Social Science: Textual Analysis and Machine Learning.
3. International History: US-Japan relations and the Whaling Issue.
4. Political Science Education: Teaching American Politics in Japan.
News & Editorial Content:
I am a frequent contributor to Japanese media and think tanks such as Mainichi Shinbun, Asahi Shinbun, Nikkei Shinbun, the Tokyo Foundation, and others.
A little bit more about myself...
Outside of academia, I listen to music in my free time. I've been into Frank Zappa, Alice in Chains, Qururi, Silversun Pickups, Toe, Bon Ivar, The Chainsmokers, Perfect Circle, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Beck, and Sakanaction among many others.
I play the bass guitar. My favorite bassists are Tonny Levin, Jah Wobble, Les Claypool, Flea, Bernard Edwards, Larry Graham, Meshell Ndegeocello, Mike Inez, Tal Wilkenfeld, Dusty Hill, Sting, and so on.
Also, I used to play the drums. My favorites are Terry Bozzio, Tony Williams, Vinnie Colaiuta, Stewart Copeland, and many others.
My favorite authors are Yukio Mishima, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Jack Kerouac, Raymond Chandler, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
I support Hanshin Tigers.