photo_matsumura2018I am an associate professor in the Graduate School of Law at Kobe University, Japan. I received my Ph.D. in political science from Rice University, Houston, TX. My primary area of research is the quantitative study of International Relations with focuses on international organizations, international cooperation, and domestic origins of foreign policy changes.

My dissertation, The Effects of Foreign Audiences in International Dispute Settlements, explores the question of why an actor uses international organizations (IOs) to settle disputes when such institutions often do not have enforcement power of their own. I approach this puzzle by looking at domestic and international sources of IO enforcement. I empirically test theoretical implications of my argument with the datasets of trade and foreign investment disputes. Other projects focus on institutional designs and their effects on international cooperation.

I also research the domestic origins of foreign policy changes, focusing on the effects of leadership turnover and the changes in leaders’ societal support bases.

I completed my MA from Hitotsubashi University, Japan, and The University of Sheffield, the United Kingdom.