Faculty & Staff

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Paul Watanabe, PhD

  • Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies and Full Professor of the Political Science, College of Liberal Arts
  • Telephone: 617.287.5652
  • Office Location: Healey Library,10th Floor, Institute for Asian American Studies

Areas of Expertise

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


PhD, Political Science, Harvard University

Additional Information

Paul Y. Watanabe is currently a full professor of political science and director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Professor Watanabe is chair of the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations; President of the Board of Directors of the Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund; a member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts; a member of the Committee on the Status of Asian Americans of the American Political Science Association; a member of the Advisory Board of the New Americans Integration Institute; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Harry M. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund. He is the author of Ethnic Groups, Congress, and American Foreign Policy and principal author of A Dream Deferred: Changing Demographics, New Opportunities, and Challenges for Boston. His scholarly articles have appeared in Amerasia Journal; Asian American Law Journal; Asian American Policy Review; Business in the Contemporary World; Journal of American College Health; New England Journal of Public Policy; Political Psychology; PS: Political Science and Politics; Public Perspective; Western New England Law Review; and World Today. He regularly contributes analysis and commentary to national and local media. Watanabe was born in Murray, Utah, and he received his BS in political science from the University of Utah and PhD in political science from Harvard University.