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Katada, Saori

Political Science and International Relations

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Professor of International Relations
Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Office: CPA 309
Phone: (213) 740-8542

Saori N. Katada is Professor of International Relations and the director of the Center for International Studies at University of Southern California. Her book Japan’s New Regional Reality: Geoeconomic Strategy in the Asia-Pacific was published by Columbia University Press in July 2020. She has co-authored two recent books: The BRICS and Collective Financial Statecraft (Oxford University Press, 2017), and Taming Japan’s Deflation: The Debate over Unconventional Monetary Policy (Cornell University Press, 2018). She has her Ph.D. is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Political Science), and her B.A. from Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo). Before joining USC, she served as a researcher at the World Bank in Washington D.C., and as International Program officer at the UNDP in Mexico City.  fr


  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Selected Publications:


  • Katada, S. N. (2020). Japan’s New Regional Reality: Geoeconomic Strategy in the Asia-Pacific. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Park, G., Katada, S., Chiozza, G., Kojo, Y. . (2018). Taming Japan’s Deflation: The Debate over Unconventional Monetary Policy. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • Roberts, C., Armijo, L., Katada, S. . (2017). The BRICS and Collective Financial Statecraft. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Wise, C., Armijo, L., Katada, S. . (2015). Unexpected Outcomes: How Emerging Markets Survived the Global Financial Crisis. Washington D.C.: Brookings Press.
  • Armijo, L., Katada, S. E. (2014). The Financial Statecraft of Emerging Powers: Shield and Sword in Asia and Latin America. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

  • Katada, S., Nemoto, Y. N. (2021). "Chapter 31 Finance," Oxford University Press. (Robert Pekkanen and Saadia Pekkanen).
  • Katada, S., Cheung, G. N. (2018). "Monetary and Fiscal Politics in the 2017 Snap Election", Palgrave. (Robert Pekkanen, Dan Smith, Steven Reed and Ethan Scheiner). pp. 243-259.
  • Katada, S., Henning, C. N. (2016). Cooperation without Institutions: The Case of East Asian Currency Arrangement Cornell University Press. (Saadia Pekkanen). pp. 59-74.
  • Jetschke, A., Katada, S. . (2015). Chapter 12: Asia Oxford University Press. (Thomas Risse and Tanja Borzel).
  • Katada, S., Henning, C. N. (2014). Currency Oxford University Press. (Saadia M. Pekkanen, John Ravenhill and Rosemary Foot).
  • Katada, S. N. (2011). Regional Finanical Cooperation London: Routledge.
  • Katada, S. N. (2009). Old Visions and New Actors in Foreign Aid Politics: Explaining Changes in Japna’s ODA Policy to China Routledge. (David Leheny and Kay Warren). pp. 54-74.
  • Katada, S. N. (2009). Mission Accomplished or a Sisyphean Task? Japan’s Regulatory Response to the Global Financial Crisis Routledge. (Eric Helleiner, Stefano Pagliari and Hubert Zimmermann). pp. 137-152.
  • Katada, S., Solis, M. N. (2008). Under Pressure: Japan’s Institutional Response to Regional Uncertainty, Springer. (Vinod Aggarwal, Min Gyo Koo, Seungjoo Lee, and Chung-in Moon). pp. 109-147.

Journal Articles

  • Liao, J., Katada, S. . (2021). Institutions, Ideation, and Diffusion of Japan’s and China’s Overseas Infrastructure Promotion Policies New Political Economy.
  • Eaton, S., Katada, S. . (2021). A Critical Node: The Role of China in the Transnational Circulation of Developmentalist Ideas, Politics and Practices New Political Economy.
  • Katada, S., Liao, J. N. (2020). China and Japan in Pursuit of Infrastructure Development Leadership: Competition or Convergence? Global Governance. Vol. 26 (3), pp. 449-472.
  • Lin, A., Katada, S. Y. (2020). "Striving for Greatness: Status Aspirations, Rhetorical Entrapment, and Domestic Reforms," Review of International Political Economy.
  • Liao, J., Katada, S. . (2020). "Geoeconomics, Easy Money, and Political Opportunism: The Perils under China and Japan’s High-Speed Rail Competition," Contemporary Politics.
  • Katada, S., Cheung, G., Park, G. N. (2020). "Asymmetric Incentives and the New Politics of Monetary Policy," Socio Economic Review.
  • Katada, S., Roberts, C., Armijo, L. N. (2017). The Varieties of Collective Financial Statecraft: The BRICS and China Political Science Quarterly. Vol. 132 (3), pp. 402-433.
  • Katada, S. N. (2017). In Pursuit of Stability: Evolution of Asia’s Regional Financial Architecture The Pacific Review. Vol. 30 (6), pp. 910-922.
  • Solis, M., Katada, S. . (2015). Unlikely Pivotal States in Competitive FTA Diffusion: The Effect of Japan’s TPP Participation on Asia-Pacific Regional Integration New Political Economy. Vol. 20 (2), pp. 155-177.
  • Armijo, L., Katada, S. E. (2015). Theorizing the Financial Statecraft of Emerging Powers New Political Economy. Vol. 20 (1), pp. 42-62.
  • Knaack, P., Katada, S. . (2013). The Fault Lines of the New Global Financial Architecture: Can G20 Keep up with its Expanding Issue Coverage?” Global Policy. Vol. 4 (3),
  • Katada, S. N. (2013). Financial Crisis Fatigue? Politics behind Japan’s post-Global Financial Crisis Economic Contraction Journal of Japanese Political Science. Vol. 14 (2), pp. 223-242.
  • Katada, S. N. (2011). Seeking a Place for East Asian Regionalism: Challenges and Opportunities under the Global Financial Crisis Warwick: The Pacific Review. Vol. 24 (3), pp. 273-290.
  • Katada, S., Solis, M. N. (2010). Domestic Sources of Japanese Foreign Policy Activism: Loss Avoidance and Demand Coherence International Relations of the Asia Pacific. Vol. 10 (1), pp. 129-57.
  • Katada, S. N. (2008). From a Supporter to a Challenger? Japan’s Currency Leadership in Dollar-dominated East Asia Review of International Political Economy. Vol. 15 (3), pp. 399-417.

Honors and Awards:

  • Foundation France-Japon de le École de Haute Etudes en Sciences Sociales , 2022-2023
  • Center for Global Partnership (CGP), Intellectual Exchange Grant, 2015-2016
  • East West Center (DC Office) Asia Studies Fellowship, 2015-2016
  • International Studies Association Venture Workshop Grant, 2010-2011
  • Mellon-LASA Seminar Grant, 2010-2011
  • East Asia Institute Fellowship, 2009-2010
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Recipient, 2009-2010
  • USC Provost’s Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2009-2010
  • Japan Foundation Research Fellowship, 2008-2009