Ehito Kimura, Faculty, Department of Political Science, UH Mānoa

Ehito Kimura

Associate Professor
Office: Saunders 610
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-8630

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UH Award Winner

CSS Excellence in Teaching Award (2020)


I am a Swiss-born, American bred, Japanese working in the field of comparative politics and Southeast Asian politics. I grew up in the outskirts of Washington DC and have always been interested in global and international politics. As an undergraduate, I turned my interests towards Southeast Asia. After graduating, I moved to Bangkok, Thailand to work at a non-profit research organization. After two years, I decided to apply to graduate school and ended up pursuing a PhD in political science.


  • PhD, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
  • MA, International Relations, Yale University, 2001
  • BS, Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1996


  • POLS 110A: Introduction to Political Science
  • POLS 120: Introduction to World Politics
  • POLS 150: Introduction to Global Politics
  • POLS 305: Global Politics/Comparative
  • POLS 307 (Alpha): Topics in Comparative Politics: Country/Regional
  • POLS 315: Global Politics/International Relations
  • POLS 390: Political Inquiry and Analysis
  • POLS 404: Senior Thesis
  • POLS 406: Senior Seminar in Political Science
  • POLS 600: Scope and Methods of Political Science
  • POLS 640: Comparative Politics
  • POLS 680: Asian and/or Pacific Politics
  • POLS 685 (Alpha): Topics in Asian and/or Pacific Politics
  • POLS 780: Seminar: Politics of Regions


My research interests lie at the nexus of political change and Southeast Asian politics. My dissertation and subsequent book manuscript entitled "Provincial Proliferation: Territorial Politics in Post-Suharto Indonesia" (Routledge 2012) explores the changing dynamics of territoriality after the fall of authoritarianism and the rise of democracy and decentralization in Indonesia. I have also written several articles about political change and democratic transition in Indonesia. More recently, I have been working on a project looking at transitional justice in Indonesia from a comparative perspective.