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Welcome to my website! I am Assistant Professor at Institute of Public Administration, the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs at Leiden University, the Hague, the Netherlands. I'm also a Research Associate with the Quality of Government Institute (QoG Institute), Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg. I received my Ph.D in Public Policy from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington in June 2016.
My research projects and funded dissertation research stand at the nexus of public management, organizational behavior, and public policy with a focus on comparative public management and administration. In particular, I study how bureaucratic structures and administrative reforms affect policy outcomes, organizational behavior, and broader societal outcomes. Please see my broad research agenda and research statement.
My research focuses both on comparative studies of advanced democracies as well as sub-national studies of Japanese municipalities. My work has been published or accepted for publication at Governance (2), Journal of European Public Policy, Public Administration Review, Public Management Review (2), Public Policy and Administration, Public Money & Management, Public Performance & Management Review, Australian Journal of Public Administration, and International Journal of Public Administration. My article, "The Association between Government Expenditure Cuts and Citizens’ Voluntary Activities: the Case of Japanese Municipalities", won the Routledge-Sponsored Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration Best Article Prize for 2017. With my collaborator, Victor Lapuente, we lead a Swedish Research Council-funded cross-national experimental study on civil servants' professional norms and public service values (around 420,000 euro) from 2020 to 2022.
I'm a board member of Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration. I organize a special issue call for papers, "Government capacity, quality, and governance outcomes in the Asia Pacific region" in the journal with Victor Lapuente.
The first line of my research examines how bureaucratic structures affect work-related attitudes of public sector employees from a comparative perspective. In particular, I examine how bureaucratic structures defined by meritocratic recruitment and tenure protection affect innovative behaviors of senior public managers.
The second line of my research investigates how large-scale administrative reform—municipal consolidation—affects policy outcomes, municipal performance, and socioeconomic development. Third line of my research focuses on testing the effects of government downsizing on citizen behavior. Another vein of my research focuses on non-profit organizations.
I have six years of professional experience in Japan where I provided policy research and consulting services to government officials both at the central and local level governments. My teaching interests include comparative public administration, public management, public policy, and qualitative research methods. I taught undergraduate public and nonprofit management courses at Indiana University, Bloomington. At University of Gothenburg, I teach a qualitative methods course and supervise master level (MA in International Administration and Global Governance) and and undergraduate students' theses.