Linda Hasunuma

Linda Hasunuma

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Carlson Hall 221

Assistant Professor Linda Hasunuma earned her B.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has over a decade of experience teaching political science and has taught at UCLA, Pepperdine University, Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), and Franklin & Marshall College. As of fall 2019, she is serving as Program Chair of the Political Science program. She teaches Introduction to Political Science, American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Human Security, and Gender Politics for the School of Public and International Affairs.

Her current research agenda is on gender politics in Japan and South Korea, historical tensions and memory politics in East Asia, and Asian American and ethnic politics in the US. She has published in the following peer-reviewed journals: Politics, Groups, and Identities; Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, US-Japan Women’s Journal; Representation; Women’s Studies International Forum; the International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society; and an edited volume, Beyond the Gender Gap in Japan, with the University of Michigan Press. In addition to her academic publications, she has published an op-ed in The Asahi Shimbun and given commentary to The Japan Times, WBEZ Chicago/NPR, Channel News Asia, CBS, BBC World Service, World Politics Review, and other media outlets. She has been an invited speaker at Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Zurich, Ochanomizu University, the University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University, and Haverford College. She is also part of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation’s, US-Japan Network for the Future (cohort II), which is focused on addressing the most urgent security and policy challenges in the Asia Pacific region. In June of 2019, she was part of a group of Asia scholars selected and supported by the Korea Foundation for a research trip on the Korean peninsula.

At previous institutions, she founded groups for mentoring minority and first-generation students and faculty, and has dedicated her career to promoting equity, representation, and inclusion in higher education. For the most current information on publications, teaching, and service to the profession, please visit