Faculty & Staff

Paul Watanabe, PhD

Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies and Professor of the Political Science, College of Liberal Arts


photo of Paul Watanabe

Areas of Expertise

American Foreign Policy, American Political Behavior, Ethnic Group Politics, and Asian Americans


PhD, Political Science, Harvard University

Additional Information

SPRING 2018 Office Hours: Monday 1:30pm- 3pm; Thursday 11- 12pm and by appointment

Paul Watanabe is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He served on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and as the first Chair of the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund; a member of the Advisory Board of the New Americans Integration Institute; the Board of Directors of the South Shore Health System; and the Board of Trustees of the Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund. His publications have appeared in the principal journals of his field as well as in scholarly volumes. He is the author of Ethnic Groups, Congress, and American Foreign Policy.