David Arase is Professor of International Politics at The Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies at Nanjing University. He has authored Buying Power: the Political Economy of Japan’s Foreign Aid (Lynne Rienner, 1995), produced three edited volumes, and published many articles and book chapters. His book, co-edited with Tsuneo Akaha, The US-Japan Alliance: Balancing Soft and Hard Power in East Asia (Nissan Institute/Routledge, 2009), won the 2011 Ohira Memorial Foundation Special Prize.
Dr. Arase has been a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo, the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, the Institute of East Asian Studies at University of California at Berkeley, the Centre for Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide, and the Social Science Research Institute at International Christian University in Tokyo. He has also received numerous research grants and fellowships such as from (in alphabetical order) the Freeman Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Japan Foundation, Korea Foundation, and Social Science Research Council – and furthermore served as a U.S. State Department-sponsored touring speaker in Korea and China.
Dr. Arase has taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London, the University of Tsukuba in Japan, and Pomona College in Southern California. He is a graduate of Cornell University (B.A. liberal arts, 1977), The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (M.A., international relations, 1982), and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D., political science, 1989).