Comparative politics, international relations, Asian studies, comparative immigration and citizenship regimes, rural sustainability in Japan

Tegtmeyer Pak earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and her B.A. in East Asian Studies and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Between college and graduate school she worked at Toshiba Corporation’s Tokyo headquarters for two years; she returned to Japan for sixteen months of field research during graduate school.  Before joining the St. Olaf faculty in 2003, she taught for five years at New College of Florida.  Tegtmeyer Pak teaches both broad international/comparative politics classes (Introduction to International Relations, Immigration and Citizenship) and Asia-focused classes (Asian regionalism, Japanese politics, Human Rights in Asia).  She has published several papers on Japanese immigration and citizenship politics.  She spent the 2009-10 academic year as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, thanks to a Fulbright Research Grant, investigating democratic ideals and political socialization. Her most recent publication appears in Power in Contemporary Japan, edited by Gill Steel.