Associate Professor

Masaki Kakizaki

Political Science

Advisor and Coordinator of Political Science major


Areas of Expertise

Associate 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


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

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