Kent E. Calder (born April 18, 1948) currently serves as Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, as well as Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies there. He is also the Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of East Asian Studies at SAIS.
Calder taught for two decades at Princeton University (1983 -2003), where he holds emeritus standing, after teaching for four years at Harvard University, where he earned his Ph.D. At Harvard, he was the first Executive Director of the university’s Program on US-Japan Relations, working with Edwin O. Reischauer and Hisashi Owada.
A specialist on Japanese trade and industrial policy in his early years, Calder focused on how party politics and socio-economic structure affect functioning of the Japanese political economy. From 1990 to 2003, after receiving tenure at Princeton, Calder directed the university's Program on U.S.-Japan Relations in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
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