Anand Rao

Assistant Professor
Fraser 105

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 2019


Curriculum Vitae


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

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

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


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

  • 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


  • American Political Science Association
  • Political Studies Association
  • Japan Studies Association
  • Association for Asian Studies

Policy Related Activities

Selected to be a member of Cohort V (2019-2021) 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