Reo Matsuzaki is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Trinity College. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics and history of East and Southeast Asia, with a focus on colonialism and its legacies on state development. His current project examines variation in state-building outcomes under foreign rule. At the heart of his investigation is a comparison of two historic cases of state-building—the Japanese occupation of Taiwan (1895-1945) and the U.S. occupation of the Philippines (1898-1942)—which resulted in contrasting state-building outcomes despite the existence of comparable starting conditions. Matsuzaki received his PhD from MIT, and prior to joining the Trinity faculty in 2013, he was Executive Director of the Governance Project at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.