Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., University of California

Office: Carlson Hall, Room 221
Phone: (203) 576-4209



Linda Hasunuma is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science in the College of Public and International Affairs. She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Politics at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has taught at UCLA, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Pepperdine University, and Franklin and Marshall College. At the University of Bridgeport, she is teaching a first year seminar on Citizenship and Social Justice, Human Security, Introduction to Political Science, Government and Politics Abroad (Comparative Politics), and World Politics (with an Honors section).

Dr. Hasunuma currently has two solo projects related to gender politics and women’s activism in Japan. One received a revise and resubmit at the journal, Women’s Studies International Forum; the other is a book chapter for an edited volume, Beyond the Gender Gap, under contract with the University of Michigan Press. She has two co-authored journal articles with Mary McCarthy on the politics of commemoration and the Comfort Women accepted to the International Journal of Culture, Politics, and Society and Politics, Groups, and Identities. A third co-authored piece on gender politics with Malliga Och received a revise and resubmit from the journal, Representation.

Most recently, Dr. Hasunuma published a policy report on the “womenomics” agenda in Japan and an article on the same subject for the US-Japan Women’s Journal, “Gender Gaiatsu: An Institutional Perspective on Womenomics.” Dr. Hasunuma has published an op-ed in The Asahi Shimbun, and has been interviewed by the BBC World Service radio program, the World Politics Review, CBS Philadelphia, Channel News Asia, and WBEZ Chicago (NPR affiliate); and was recently quoted in The Japan Times. From 2010-2012, she was part of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation’s US-Japan Network for the Future Cohort, II, which focuses on the US-Japan alliance and policy challenges in East Asia.

As a Korean American immigrant, first generation student, Pell Grant recipient, and non-traditional returning adult student, Dr. Hasunuma has been a dedicated advocate for first generation, minority, and non-traditional student success in higher education.