Michael R. Auslin

Michael R. Auslin
  • Resident Scholar
    American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

Michael Auslin is Assistant Professor at the Department of History at Yale University and the Founding Director of a project on Japan-U.S. Relations there. He specializes in Japanese international history, focusing on the cultural, intellectual, and strategic dimensions of Japan's foreign relations in the 19th and 20th centuries. Previously, he was Director of Undergraduate Studies, Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University and Lecturer at the Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of "Negotiating with Imperialism: The Unequal Treaties and the Culture of Japanese Diplomacy" and is currently working on two books, "Bridging the Pacific: The Cultural Encounter between Japan and the United States, 1850-2000" and "Japan's Worlds: An International History". He has published numerous articles and was a featured commentator in the PBS series Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire, for which he was also a script consultant. A former Fulbright and Japan Foundation Scholar, he is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program, and a 2003 recipient of the Smith Richardson Foundation's Junior Faculty Grant for International Security and Foreign Policy. At Yale, he has been awarded a Morse Fellowship in the Humanities, received the Director's Award from the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, and has been named a Research Fellow in International and Area Studies as well as a Junior Faculty Fellow of the Whitney Humanities Center. He holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MA from the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University Bloomington, and a BSFS from Georgetown.