Leonard Schoppa

Leonard Schoppa is Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia.  He received his D.Phil in Politics from Oxford in 1989 and has been employed at the University of Virginia since 1990, with stints at Keio University (1993-1994) and the University of Tokyo (2000-2001) as a visiting researcher.

Professor Schoppa is the author of Race for the Exits: The Unraveling of Japan’s System of Social Protection (Cornell University Press, 2006) and a brand new edited volume, The Evolution of Japan’s Party System (Toronto University Press, 2011).  He is also the author of two earlier books, Education Reform in Japan (Routledge, 1991), and Bargaining with Japan: What American Pressure Can and Cannot Do (Columbia University Press, 1997).  He has published refereed articles in International Organization (1993, 1999) and Comparative Political Studies (2002, 2013), as well as article for a more general audience in Foreign Affairs and Current History.

Professor Schoppa was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University (1985-1988) and a Reischauer Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University (1989-1990).  He was the recipient of an Abe Fellowship (1993-1994), a Fulbright Research Grant (2000-2001), a Japan Foundation Short-term Research Grant (2002), and a Japan Foundation Book Grant (2004).  He is currently Associate Chair of the Department of Politics and served earlier as Director of the East Asia Center at the University of Virginia in 1997-2000; Academic Dean on a round-the-world educational voyage of the Semester at Sea in the Fall of 2008; and dean for a similar round-the-Mediterranean voyage in the Summer of 2011.