Michael Auslin is a resident scholar and the director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he specializes in Asian regional security and political issues.

Before joining AEI, Auslin was an associate professor of history at Yale University. He is a biweekly columnist on Asia for The Wall Street Journal, and his books include the forthcoming “The Asia Bubble” (Yale University Press), and “Pacific Cosmopolitans: A Cultural History of U.S.-Japan Relations” (Harvard University Press, 2011). Auslin has advised both the US Government and private business on Asian and global security issues. He has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund, and a Fulbright Scholar, among other awards. 

Auslin received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and a B.Sc. from Georgetown University.

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  • Associate Professor, 2006-2007; assistant professor, 2000-2006, Department of History, Yale University
  • Senior Research Fellow, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, 2006-2007
  • Founding Director, Project on Japan-U.S. Relations, Yale University, 2004-2007
  • Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Law, Tokyo University, 2009


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A., Indiana University at Bloomington
B.Sc., Georgetown University