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

Before joining AEI, he was an associate professor of history at Yale University. A prolific writer, Auslin is a biweekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal Asia, which is distributed globally on wsj.com. His longer writings include the book “Pacific Cosmopolitans: A Cultural History of U.S.-Japan Relations” (Harvard University Press, 2011) and the study “Security in the Indo-Pacific Commons: Toward a Regional Strategy” (AEI Press, 2010). He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund, and a Fulbright and Japan Foundation Scholar.

Auslin has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.A. from Indiana University at Bloomington, and a B.S.F.S. 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 Researcher, Graduate School of Law, Kobe University, 2005


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