The Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies and Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA) are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Kristi Govella as Associate Professor of Japanese Politics and International Relations, from October 2024

Dr Kristi Govella specialises in the intersection of economics, security, and governance in international relations, with a focus on Japan and the Indo-Pacific region. Her research interests include economic statecraft, trade, investment, government-business relations, regional institutional architecture, military alliances, and the governance of the global commons. She has published numerous articles, chapters, and opinion pieces, and is co-editor of Linking Trade and Security: Evolving Institutions and Strategies in Asia, Europe, and the United States (2013) and Responding to a Resurgent Russia: Russian Policy and Responses from the European Union and the United States (2012).

Dr. Govella is currently the Director of the Center for Indo-Pacific Affairs and an Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is an Adjunct Fellow at the East-West Center and Pacific Forum, and Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Asia Policy. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Political Science and Japanese from the University of Washington.

More information about her research and publications can be found on her website