PEAK Staff Profile

Rieko Kage, LL.B. (Kyoto), LL.M. (Kyoto), Ph.D. (Harvard)
Professor – Japan in East Asia

Contact : kage[at]


Rieko Kage was born in Tokyo and grew up in Tokyo, London, and New York. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Kyoto University and her Ph.D. from Harvard University (Government). She has been a Fulbright Scholar and has served as Advanced Research Fellow at the Program on US-Japan Relations at Harvard University and Toyota Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan. At the University of Tokyo, she teaches in the Department of Advanced Social and International Studies and also will be offering courses for PEAK. She currently serves as co-editor of the political science journal, Leviathan.

Research Interests

Kage is a political scientist whose interests lie in issues of civil society, comparative politics, and Japanese politics. She is also interested in issues relating to the domestic effects of war and postwar reconstruction.

Selected Publications

Civic Engagement in Postwar Japan: The Revival of a Defeated Society (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
“Japanese Liberal Democratic Party Support, the Gender Gap, and Age: A New Approach” (co-authored with Daniel P. Aldrich), British Journal of Political Science, vol. 41. no.4: 713-733.
“The Effects of War on Civil Society: Cross-National Evidence from World War II,” (2010) in Elizabeth Kier and Ronald R. Krebs, eds., In War’s Wake: International Conflict and the Fate of Liberal Democracy, Cambridge University Press: 97-120.
“Making Reconstruction Work: Civil Society and Information after War’s End,” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 43, no.2: 163-187, February 2010.