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Saori N. Katada

Professor of International Relations and Director, Center for International Studies


phone: (213) 740-8542

office location: DMC 309

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North-South relations, Japanese foreign policy, international political economy, regionalism, Pacific Rim, international financial and monetary relations, foreign aid

Research and Practice Areas:

Japanese foreign policy; International political economy; Politics of the Pacific Rim; International relations; comparative politics

Center Affiliation:

American Political Science Association Association for Asian Studies International Studies Association Japan Association for International Relations

Saori N. Katada is Professor of Political Science and International Relations Department at University of Southern California and vice president of International Studies Association (April 2021-March 2022). Her book Japan’s New Regional Reality: Geoeconomic Strategy in the Asia-Pacific was published by Columbia University Press in July 2020. She is also a co-author of two recent books: The BRICS and Collective Financial Statecraft (Oxford University Press, 2017), and Taming Japan’s Deflation: The Debate over Unconventional Monetary Policy (Cornell University Press, 2018).  She has her Ph.D. is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Political Science), and her B.A. from Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo).  Before joining USC, she served as a researcher at the World Bank in Washington D.C., and as International Program officer at the UNDP in Mexico City.


Ph.D. Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Katada, S. N. (2020). Japan’s New Regional Reality: Geoeconomic Strategy in the Asia-Pacific. New York: Columbia University Press.

Park, G., Katada, S. N., Chiozza, G., Kojo, Y. (2018). Taming Japan’s Deflation: The Debate over Unconventional Monetary Policy. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Roberts, C., Armijo, L. E., Katada, S. N. (2017). The BRICS and Collective Financial Statecraft. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wise, C., Armijo, L. E., Katada, S. N. (2015). Unexpected Outcomes: How Emerging Markets Survived the Global Financial Crisis. Washington D.C.: Brookings Press.

Armijo, L. E., Katada, S. N. (2014). The Financial Statecraft of Emerging Powers: Shield and Sword in Asia and Latin America. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Solis, M., Stallings, B., Katada, S. N. (2009). Competitive Regionalism: FTA Diffusion in the Pacific Rim. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Katada, S. N., Urata, S. (2009). Ajia Taiheiyo no FTA Kyoso (FTA Competition in the Asia-Pacific). Tokyo: Keiso Shobo Ltd..

Katada, S. N., Solis, M. (2008). Cross Regional Trade Agreements: Understanding Permeated Regionalism in East Asia. (Saori N. Katada, Mireya Solis, Ed.). Springer.

Katada, S. N. (2004). Global Governance: Germany and Japan in the International System. (Saori N. Katada, Hanns Maull and Takashi Inoguchi, Ed.). Ashgate Publishing Ltd..

Katada, S. N. (2002). Gurobaru Akuta no Jouken: Kokusai Kinyuukiki to Nihon (Qualification for the Global Actor: International Financial Crisis and Japan). Tokyo: Yuhikaku Publishing Co. Ltd..

Katada, S. N. (2001). Banking on Stability: Japan and the Cross-Pacific Dynamics of International Financial Crisis Management, University of Michigan Press. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press.

Book Chapter

Katada, S. N. (2011). Regional Finanical Cooperation. Routledge Handbook on Asian Regionalism London: Routledge.

Katada, S. N. (2009). Mission Accomplished or a Sisyphean Task? Japan’s Regulatory Response to the Global Financial Crisis. Global Finance in Crisis pp. 137-152. Routledge.

Katada, S. N. (2009). Old Visions and New Actors in Foreign Aid Politics: Explaining Changes in Japna’s ODA Policy to China. 1st pp. 54-74. Routledge.

Katada, S. N., Solis, M. (2008). Under Pressure: Japan’s Institutional Response to Regional Uncertainty,. 1st pp. 109-147. Springer.

Katada, S. N. (2008). Japan’s Role in the Latin America’s Debt Management, 1982-91. 1st pp. 151-172. New York: Palgrave.

Katada, S. N. (2006). Japan’s Financial Politics: Institutional Challenges toward and against Liberalization. Routledge.

Katada, S. N. (2005). Balancing Act: Japan’s Strategy in Global and Regional Financial Governance. United Nations University Press.

Katada, S. N. (2004). Japan’s Counter-Weight Strategy: U.S.-Japan Cooperation and Competition in International Finance. Stanford University Press.

Katada, S. N. (2004). New Courses in Japan’s Foreign Aid Policy: More Humanitarian and more Nationalistic. Ashgate Publishing Ltd..

Katada, S. N. (2001). Determining Factors of Japan’s Cooperation and Non-cooperation with the United States: The Case of Asian Financial Crisis Management, 1997-1999. St. Martin Press.

Katada, S. N. (2001). Japan’s Approach to Shaping a New International Financial Architecture. Ashgate Publishing Ltd..

Book Review

Katada, S. N. (2011). Asia’s Flying Geese. Journal of Japanese Political Science. pp. 158-160.

Katada, S. N. (2009). Monetary Order: Ambiguous Economics, Ubiquitous Politics. International Relations of the Asia Pacific. pp. 365-368.

Katada, S. N. (2009). Governing Finance: East Asia’s Adoption of International Standards. International Relations of the Asia-Pacific. pp. 204-06.

Katada, S. N. (2008). Japan and East Asian Monetary Regionalism. Journal of Japanese Studies. pp. 162-166.

Katada, S. N. (2007). Beyond Japan: The Dynamics of East Asian Regionalism. International Studies Review. pp. 128.

Katada, S. N. (2006). Interregionalism And International Relations. Pacific Affairs. pp. 302-303.

Katada, S. N. (2004). Governing the World’s Money. Journal of Economic Literature. pp. 850-852.

Katada, S. N. (2004). Japan’s Managed Globalization: Adapting to the Twenty-first Century. Japanese Journal of Political Science. pp. 224-226.

Katada, S. N. (2003). Transforming East Asian Domestic and International Politics: The Impact of Economy and Globalization. International Politics. pp. 575.

Katada, S. N. (2003). No More Bashing: Building a New Japan-United States Economic Relationship. Journal of Japanese Studies. pp. 493-497.

Journal Article

Katada, S. N., Liao, J. (2019). China and Japan in Pursuit of Infrastructure Development Leadership: Competition or Convergence?. Global Governance. Vol. 26 (3)

Katada, S. N. (2017). In Pursuit of Stability: Evolution of Asia’s Regional Financial Architecture. The Pacific Review. Vol. 30 (6), pp. 910-922.

Katada, S. N., Roberts, C., Armijo, L. E. (2017). The Varieties of Collective Financial Statecraft: The BRICS and China. Political Science Quarterly. Vol. 132 (3), pp. 402-433.

Solis, M., Katada, S. N. (2015). Unlikely Pivotal States in Competitive FTA Diffusion: The Effect of Japan’s TPP Participation on Asia-Pacific Regional Integration. New Political Economy. Vol. 20 (2), pp. 155-177.

Armijo, L. E., Katada, S. N. (2015). Theorizing the Financial Statecraft of Emerging Powers. New Political Economy. Vol. 20 (1), pp. 42-62.

Knaack, P., Katada, S. N. (2013). The Fault Lines of the New Global Financial Architecture: Can G20 Keep up with its Expanding Issue Coverage?”. Global Policy. Vol. 4 (3)

Katada, S. N. (2013). Financial Crisis Fatigue? Politics behind Japan’s post-Global Financial Crisis Economic Contraction. Journal of Japanese Political Science. Vol. 14 (2), pp. 223-242.

Katada, S. N. (2011). Seeking a Place for East Asian Regionalism: Challenges and Opportunities under the Global Financial Crisis. The Pacific Review. Vol. 24 (3), pp. 273-290.

Katada, S. N., Solis, M. (2010). Domestic Sources of Japanese Foreign Policy Activism: Loss Avoidance and Demand Coherence. International Relations of the Asia Pacific. Vol. 10 (1), pp. 129-57.

Katada, S. N., Gray, C. (2008). Double- and Triple-Minority in the International Relations Classroom. International Studies Perspecitves. Vol. 9 (3), pp. 464-468.

Katada, S. N. (2008). From a Supporter to a Challenger? Japan’s Currency Leadership in Dollar-dominated East Asia. Review of International Political Economy. Vol. 15 (3), pp. 399-417.

Pekkanen, S. M., Solis, M., Katada, S. N. (2007). Trading Gains for Control: Forum Choices in International Trade and Japanese Economic Diplomacy. International Studies Quarterly. Vol. 51 (4), pp. 945-970.

Solis, M., Katada, S. N. (2007). The Japan-Mexico FTA: A Cross-Regional Step in Japan’s New Trade Regionalism. Pacific Affairs. Vol. 80 (2), pp. 279-300.

Solis, M., Katada, S. N. (2007). Understanding East Asian Cross-Regionalism: An Analytical Framework. Pacific Affairs. Vol. 80 (2), pp. 229-257.

Katada, S. N. (2002). Japan and Asian Monetary Regionalization: Cultivating a New Regional Leadership after the Asian Financial Crisis. Geopolitics. Vol. 7 (1), pp. 85-112.

Katada, S. N. (2002). Japan’s Two-Track Aid Approach: The Forces behind Competing Triads. Asian Survey. Vol. 42 (2), pp. 320-342.

Katada, S. N. (2001). Why did Japan Suspend Foreign Aid to China? Japan’s Foreign Aid Decision-making and Sources of Aid Sanction. Social Science Japan Journal. Vol. 4 (1), pp. 39-58.

Katada, S. N. (2000). Japanese Foreign Aid after the San Francisco Peace Treaty. Journal of American-East Asian Relations. Vol. 9 (3-4), pp. 1-24.

Katada, S. N., McKeown, T. J. (1998). Aid Politics and Electoral Politics: Japan 1970-1992. International Studies Quarterly. Vol. 42 (3), pp. 591-600.

Katada, S. N. (1998). The Japanese Government in Two Mexican Crises: An Emerging Lender-of-Last-Resort?. Pacific Affairs. Vol. 71 (1), pp. 591-600.

Katada, S. N. (1997). Two Aid Hegemons: Japanese-American Interactions and Aid Allocations to Latin America and the Caribbean. World Development. Vol. 25 (6), pp. 931-945.