Assistant Professor

Michael Thomas Cucek

Asian Studies


Areas of Expertise

Michael Cucek is an expert in Japanese Politics, with an emphasis on media messaging and social policy.

Teaching Interests

Professor Cucek teaches courses in Japanese history, Chinese history, the history of racism, international politics, Japanese politics and U.S. relations with East Asia.


Professor Cucek is studying the dichotomy between an unfair and captured electoral system returning a single party to power and the relatively humane and decent policies nevertheless pursued by successive Japanese governments. He also writes on the use of humor in Japanese political communication.

Representative Publications


B.A. Stanford University

Previous Appointments

Professional Associations