Reo Matsuzaki is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Trinity College. He specializes in the study of colonial administrations and statebuilding by authoritarian regimes with a focus on the Japanese empire. In his book, Statebuilding by Imposition: Resistance and Control in Colonial Taiwan and the Philippines (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2019), he examines the role societal intermediaries play in the construction of modern states through a comparative analysis of Japanese colonization of Taiwan and the U.S. colonization of the Philippines. His current research project is on the Japanese wartime empire and its institutional legacies in Southeast Asia. He is also a contributor to the Governance Project based at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.