Current Institutional Affiliation
Associate Professor, Government, Bowdoin College

Henry Laurence is an associate professor of Government at Bowdoin College, Maine, U.S.A., where he has also served as director of the Asian Studies Progam. He received a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University and a BA from Oriel College, Oxford University.  In 2007-2008 he was a Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University and a Senior Associate Member of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He has also been affiliated with the Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Tokyo, and the U.S – Japan Relations Program at Harvard University. Prior to his academic career he worked as a fund manager for the Bank of Tokyo International in London. Dr. Laurence studies comparative political economy with particular focus on Britain, Japan and the U.S. He has conducted research on financial market regulation, media and telecommunications policy, and the political economy of creative industries. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Digital Television.    

Award Information

Abe Fellowship 1999
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Assistant Professor, Government and Asian Studies Program, Bowdoin College
Public Television Under Threat: How are NHK, the BBC and PBS Responding to the Global Media Revolution?

This project is a comparative political study of the provision funding and regulation of public television in Japan, Great Britain and the United States. It addresses two main questions. First, why do these different countries vary so much in the extent to which they provide television as a public service? Second, how have national policies towards public broadcasting been changing in the face of recent challenges including growing cost and revenue pressures; a massive expansion of alternative such as satellite an cable TV and the internet; and a global political climate change favoring privatization?