Areas of Expertise

Professor Kakizaki is a political scientist who teaches courses on Middle East politics, foreign governments, and international politics at Temple University, Japan Campus. He also offers a capstone seminar on social movements and contentious politics at TUJ. Prior to joining TUJ in 2013, he held teaching positions at the University of Utah and Westminster College in the United States.


His key areas of research are political participation and political culture in the Middle East with a geographical emphasis on Turkey. His current research project focuses on how popular participation in protests and demonstrations has spread in Turkey and what factors explain the rise and fall of protest participation. He has previously published articles on nuclear energy politics, anti-war movements, and party politics of Turkey.

Representative Publications

  • "The AKP Government in Turkey: Political Uncertainty and Instability." Chuto Dokobunseki —A Monthly Middle Eastern and Energy Bulletin 12(11), 1-13, 2014 (in Japanese).
  • "The Republican People's Party and the Military in 1970s Turkey: Challenging the Essentialist Approach." International Journal of Turkish Studies 19(1-2), 57-73, 2013.
  • "Determinants of Political Confidence in a Time of Political Realignment: Religion, Economy, and Politics in Turkey." Mediterranean Quarterly 23(1), 67-88, 2012.
  • "Turkey's Search for Nuclear Energy: Its History and Constraints." The Kanda Journal of Global and Area Studies 3, 141-174, 2012 (in Japanese).
  • "Anti-Iraq War Protest in Turkey: Global Networks, Coalitions, and Context." Middle Eastern Studies 47(1), 81-99, 2011.


Ph.D in Political Science, University of Utah

M.S in Political Science, Middle East Technical University

B.A in English and Area Studies, Kanda University of International Studies

Previous Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Instructor in Political Science, University of Utah (2010-2013)
  • Adjunct Instructor in Political Science, Westminster College (2012)
  • Research Fellow, the Graduate School, University of Utah (2009-2010)
  • Teaching Assistant in Political Science, University of Utah (2004-2007)