Nobuhiro Hiwatari (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is a professor of political economy/international political economy at the Institute of Social Sciences, the University of Tokyo. He teaches at the Graduate School of Political Science as well as the Graduate School of Public Policy. He has also taught at Berkeley and Columbia and has conducted research at Harvard, Yale, and Cambridge. His research interests are the party politics of “neo-liberal” reforms at OECD countries as well as the impact of political regime heterogeneity on economic cooperation in the Asian-Pacific region. His works on these topics have appeared in academic journals as well as edited volumes. He plans to spend most of the academic year 2015-16 at Yale, finishing a book project (titled “The New Politics of Adjustment: International Economic Crisis and Partisan Competition”) that examines how party competition during international recessions shapes the adoption of market-assuring reforms at OECD countries.