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Susan J. Pharr is Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, the Director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, and Acting Director of the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. Much of her research has explored the social basis for democracy in Japan.
Her research interests include comparative political behavior; comparative politics of industrial nations; democratization and social change in Japan and Asia; political development; civil society and nonprofit organizations; political ethics and corruption; environmental politics; the role of the media in politics; the role of Japan and the United States in development; international relations in East Asia; and international political economy of development. Her current research focuses on the forces shaping civil societies, and the changing nature of relations between citizens and states in Asia.