Fellows & Grantees

Asako Maria Toyoda

Abe Fellowship 2013
Project Title
Investing Relations: Japan's Financial Diplomacy and the Pursuit of Economic and Security Interests
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Associate Professor, Political Science, Villanova University


Maria is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor in the Government Department at Suffolk University in Boston. She served as Associate Dean for Global Initiatives and Interdisciplinary Studies, Political Science Chair and Director of East Asian Studies at Villanova University.  Other past appointments include nonresident visiting researcher at the International Monetary Fund; Council on Foreign Relations/Hitachi International Affairs Fellow; research scholar at Stanford University’s Institute for International Studies (now the Freeman-Spogli Institute), the Asia/Pacific Research Center, and the Stanford Japan Center-Research in Kyoto. She received her A.B. in Human Biology with Honors from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University. Her research focuses on the mechanisms of financial liberalization; the politics of development aid; policy financing; and banking and regulatory reform.