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Kent E. Calder

Interim Dean

Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies

  • kcalder@jhu.edu
  • +1 (202) 663-5889
  • Campus Location: Washington DC
  • Office Location: Rome 638

About

Kent E. Calder is Interim Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Calder, who also directs the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, previously served as the school’s Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation from 2018 to 2020 and as director of Asia Programs from 2016 to 2018.

Prior to SAIS, Calder served as special advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), professor at Princeton University, lecturer on government at Harvard, and as the first executive director of Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Calder received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he worked under the direction of Edwin O. Reischauer.

A specialist in East Asian political economy, Calder lived and researched in Japan for eleven years and across East Asia for four years. In 2014, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. Calder's recent publications include: Global Political Cities: Actors and Arenas of Influence in International Affairs (2021); Super Continent: The Logic of Eurasian Integration (2019); Circles of Compensation: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan (2018); Singapore: Smart City, Smart State (2017); Asia in Washington (2014); and The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics (2012).
  • Calder, Kent E. Global Political Cities. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, November, 2020 (forthcoming).
  • Calder, Kent E. Super Continent: The Logic of Eurasian Integration. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2019.
  • Calder, Kent E. Circles of Compensation: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2017.
  • Calder, Kent E. Singapore: Smart City, Smart State. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2016.
  • Calder, Kent E. Asia in Washington: Exploring the Penumbra of Transnational Power. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2014.
  • Calder, Kent E. The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.
  • Calder, Kent E. and Min Ye. The Making of Northeast Asia. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010.
  • Calder, Kent E. Pacific Alliance: Reviving U.S.-Japan Relations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.
  • Calder, Kent E. and Francis Fukuyama (co-editors). East Asian Multilateralism. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
  • Calder, Kent E. Embattled Garrisons: Comparative Base Politics and American Globalism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.
  • Loriaux, Michael, Meredith Woo-Cumings, Kent Calder, Sylvia Maxfield, and Fofia Perez. Capital Ungoverned: Liberalizing Finance in Interventionist States. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997.
  • Calder, Kent E. Pacific Defense: Arms, Energy, and America's Future in Asia. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1996.
  • Calder, Kent E. Strategic Capitalism: Private Business and Public Purpose in Japan. Princeton University Press, 1993.
  • Calder, Kent E. Crisis and Compensation: Public Policy and Political  Stability in Japan. Princeton University Press, 1988.
  • Calder, Kent E. and Roy Hofheinz, Jr., The Eastasia Edge. New York: Basic Books, 1982.

Recent Books

  • Supercontinent: The Logic of Eurasian Integration (Stanford University Press, 2019)
  • Circles of Compensation: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan (Stanford University Press, 2017)
  • Singapore: Smart City, Smart State (Brookings Institution Press, 2016)
  • Asia in Washington: Exploring the Penumbra of Transnational Power (Brookings Institution Press, 2014)
  • The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics (Yale University Press, 2012)
  • Pacific Alliance: Reviving U.S.-Japan Relations (Yale University Press, 2009)
  • Embattled Garrisons: Comparative Base Politics and American Globalism (Princeton University, 2007)
  • Pacific Defense: Arms, Energy, and America’s Future in Asia (William Morrow and Company, 1996)
  • Strategic Capitalism: Private Business and Public Purpose in Japanese Industrial Finance (Princeton University Press, 1993)
  • Crisis and Compensation: Public Policy and Political Stability in Japan (Princeton University Press, 1988)
 
 
 
 

Expertise

Topics

  • Energy Issues
  • Energy and Security
  • International Political Economy
  • Strategic and Security Issues

Languages

  • Japanese

In the News

Singapore and the U.S. – China rivalry.

Interim Dean Kent E. Calder interviewed on Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Relations, 08/27

Global political cities: Actors and arenas of influence in international affairs.

Interim Dean Kent E. Calder’s book reviewed in Foreign Affairs, 08/24

Biden's first 100 days.

Kent E. Calder wrote in Kyodo News, 04/18

Global translations.

Kent E. Calder’s book cited in Politico, 2/10

Where Joe Biden calls home.

Kent E. Calder wrote in Kydoo News, 11/24

What does Biden presidency hold for Vietnam?

Kent E. Calder quoted in VnExpress, 11/10

America's mask ambivalence.

Kent E. Calder wrote in Kyodo News, 7/21

China asserts its dominance over the world.

Kent E. Calder interviewed on CNN India, 7/6

India & China find 'mutual consensus to disengage'.

Kent E. Calder interviewed on CNBC India, 6/23

COVID-19 and national responses, part 1 of 2: Asia and Europe.

Kent E. Calder and Matthias Matthijs cited in MultiBriefs, 6/3

East Asia offers mixed lessons in COVID-19 response

Kent E. Calder interviewed in Johns Hopkins Hub, 5/13