Fellows & Grantees

Apichai Shipper

Abe Fellowship 2007
Project Title
Immigration Politics in Japan, the U.S., and Sweden
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Relations, University of Southern California


Apichai W. Shipper holds the Asia Regional Chair at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University. After receiving his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University Program on U.S.-Japan Relations before joining the faculty at the University of Southern California with a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the School of International Relations. He has been a visiting researcher at Georgetown University, UCLA, University of Tokyo, University of Kyoto, Hitotsubashi University, and Stockholm University. He is the recipient of teaching awards from: Harvard University, University of Southern California, and the American Political Science Association. He has been an invited participant in programs of the Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs as well as an invited researcher at the Japan Institute of Labor Policy and Training and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. He is the author of Fighting for Foreigners: Immigration and Its Impact on Japanese Democracy (Cornell University Press, 2008; paperback in 2016) and the guest editor of a Special Issue (2010) in Pacific Affairs on “Citizenship and Migration.” His publications have also appeared in Asian Politics & Policy, Critical Asian Studies, Journal of Japanese Studies, International Studies Quarterly, North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation, among others. He has received research grants from: the Social Science Research Council (SSRC-Abe Fellow Program), the Japan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Japanese Ministry of Education, among others. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of Pacific Affairs as its Associate Editor for Japan and on the Cornell Alumni Board for Diversity (Mosaic).