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Mary Alice Haddad

Professor, Wesleyan University

Professor Mary Alice Haddad’s current work concerns environmental politics in East Asia, especially China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Her earlier books focused on civic engagement, democracy, citizenship, volunteering, and nonprofit organizations. She is Chair of the College of East Asian Studies and Professor of Government and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University.

A Fulbright and Harvard Academy scholar, Haddad is author of Building Democracy in Japan (2012) and Politics and Volunteering in Japan (2007) and co-editor with Carol Hager of NIMBY is Beautiful (2015). She has published in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Democratization, Journal of Asian Studies, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. For links to many of her publications, please visit her ResearchGate or WesScholar sites.

She has published op ed pieces on Japan’s post-Fukushima disaster relief and planning in the Asahi Shimbun and the Hartford Courant (most recent), and contributed to 99% Invisible.

She has received numerous grants and fellowships from organizations such as the Institute of International Education (Fulbright), the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, the Japan Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Mellon Foundation, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, and the East Asian Institute. She is on the editorial board of the American Political Science Review and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Society of Japanese Studies.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Wesleyan University