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Anand Rao

Assistant Professor of Political Science & International Relations
Fraser 105B
Anand Rao

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.


Office Hours: Spring 2022

Tuesday 1-4pm via Zoom (advance appointment required)

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

  • "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

Conference 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
  • Political Studies Association (UK)--2019

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


  • PLSC 120: S/Comparative Politics

    An introduction to the comparative study of political behavior and institutions. Brief consideration of individual cases suggests concepts and insights which will facilitate the study and criteria for judgment of differing types of political systems in differing environments and at different stages of development. Includes elementary explanation of "types," "environments," and the concepts of "development". Prepares the entering student for more intensive studies of particular geographical and institutional areas. Major examples considered are drawn from areas other than the United States however, students are encouraged to apply newly introduced concepts to the politics of the United States.

  • PLSC 441: Democracy & Int'l Relations

    What is the connection between democracy and international politics? Would a more democratic world be a more peaceful world? Are democracies inherently more peaceful than nondemocracies? This course examines the concept of the democratic peace, beginning with Kant’s notion of the democratic pacific union. We then examine major contemporary works on democratic peace theory, arguments modifying our understanding of the democratic peace, and important critiques of this concept.

  • PLSC 492: Comparative Politics Theories

    An exploration of the theoretical approaches to understanding comparative politics. The course addresses the dimensions and requirements of good theory as well as emphasizing the comparative politics research methodologies. Theoretical issues explored will include classical theory, institutional, cultural, and rational choice approaches, social movements, political change (including democratization), the state, and civil society.