Anand Rao

Assistant Professor of Political Science & International Relations
Fraser 105B

Anand Rao is an assistant professor of political science & international relations. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in 2015 and joined the faculty at SUNY Geneseo in that same year. At Geneseo, he regularly teaches an introductory comparative politics class as well as higher-level courses on the topics of East Asian politics, terrorism and national security, and democratic peace theory.


Anand Rao

Office Hours: Fall 2023

None; on leave

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. in Politics, University of Virginia, August 2015

  • Certificate in Japanese, Full-Year Asian Language Concentration Program, Cornell University, May 2002

  • M.A. in Political Science, Columbia University, May 2000

  • B.A. in History and Political Science, Union College (NY), June 1996

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • "Presence of Malice: Japan and North Korea's Non-Relations," in Strategies of Survival: North Korean Foreign Policy Under Kim Jong-Un, edited by Jun Taek Kwon & Weiqi Zhang, Lexington Books (April 2023), pp. 77-96:…

  • "Is the East Asia Quadrilateral Sustainable?," Asian Politics & Policy 13:2 (April 2021), pp. 266-279.

  • "To Dodge or Bite the Bullet: Immigration Politics in Japan," Japan Studies Association Journal 15:1 (2017), pp. 66-82.

Other Publications

  • Commentary, "Shadow of Japanese Colonialism May Cloud U.S. policy," Times Union (Albany), 27 July 2021,…

  • Book Review, "New Policies for New Residents: Immigrants, Advocacy, and Governance in Japan and Beyond," by Deborah J. Milly, Cornell University Press, in International Migration Review 50:1 (Spring 2016), pp. e5-e6.

Research Interests & Affiliations

Research Interests:

  • Comparative politics
  • International relations
  • Immigration politics
  • East Asian politics
  • Domestic politics & foreign relations of Japan
  • Academic Visitor at St Antony's College, University of Oxford, October-December 2023

Paper Presentations Done to Date at:

  • Association for Asian Studies--2017
  • Japan Studies Association--2011, '17, '19
  • Midwest Political Science Association--2013, '16
  • New York State Political Science Association--2018
  • Northeastern Political Science Association--2019, '22
  • Political Studies Association (UK)--2019, '23
  • American Political Science Association--2023

Policy Related Activities

Selected after a competitive application process to be a member of Cohort V (2019-2022) of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future, a program run by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. More information can be found here