Robert J. Pekkanen is Professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 2002. His research interests lie in electoral systems, political parties and civil society. He has published articles in political science journals such as The American Political Science Review, The British Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies, as well Asian studies journals including The Journal of Asian Studies and The Journal of Japanese Studies. He has published six books in English on American nonprofit advocacy, Japanese civil society, and Japanese elections and political parties, and there are translations or Japanese versions of three of his books. His first book, Japan’s Dual Civil Society: Members without Advocates (Stanford: 2006) captured the Masayoshi Ohira Prize in 2008 and won an award from the Japanese Nonprofit Research Association (JANPORA) in 2007. The Japan Times also featured it as one of the "Best Asia Books" of 2006. A Japanese translation appeared in 2008. Another book, The Rise and Fall of Japan's LDP: Political Party Organizations as Historical Institutions, (Cornell: 2010; co-authored with Ellis S. Krauss), has earned praise in a wide range of reviews. A Japanese version is being prepared by a publisher in Japan. Pekkanen’s research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and the National Science Foundation, among others. Recently, he has been co-PI on a project given major funding from the National Science Foundation to investigate how electoral systems shape politics from what type of people become candidates to who gets the plum committee assignments.