KEVIN M. DOAK
Nippon Foundation Endowed Chair, Professor of Japanese Studies, and Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Georgetown University
Kevin M. Doak is Nippon Foundation Endowed Chair, Professor of Japanese Studies, and Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Georgetown University. The winner of the first Terada Mari Japan Study Award, he specializes in the study of nationalism and democratic thought and culture in modern Japan, as well as in the literary, cultural and philosophical expressions of public thought and values. Recently, he has served as co-editor of The Journal of Japanese Studies, and on the executive board of the Society for Japanese Studies. His writings in Japanese have been prominently published in major Japanese newspapers and journals, and cited by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his book Atarashii Kuni E (2013). Professor Doak's current research focuses on issues related to politics and religion (especially Catholicism) in modern Japan, covering jurisprudence, fiction and literary works, and theology. His most recent book is Tanaka Kōtarō and World Law: Rethinking the Natural Law Outside the West (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). He holds a Ph.D in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago.