Leonard Schoppa

Leonard Schoppa

University of Virginia

Leonard Schoppa is Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia where he is Undergraduate Director of Comparative Politics. Previously he was a Fulbright Research Fellow at the University of Tokyo Institute of Social Science and the ICU Institute of Asian Cultural Studies, as well as a visiting assistant professor at Keio University

His research focuses on the politics and foreign relations of Japan and is comprised of several distinct projects. He recently completed work on a project examining the transformation of Japan’s system of social protection as it has been buffeted by the pressures of globalization and changing gender role aspirations of women.

In Race for the Exits: The Unraveling of Japan’s System of Social Protection, (Cornell University Press, 2006), he explained the failure of the Japanese to modify their system in the face of these pressures by building on Albert Hirschman’s exit-voice framework. He has also written extensively about Japan’s economic negotiations with the United States in a book titled Bargaining With Japan: What American Pressure Can and Cannot Do (Columbia, 1997) and on Japan’s policy immobilism inEducation Reform in Japan (Routledge, 1991). 

Prof. Schoppa completed his PhD in politics at Oxford University.

Read the abstract of the paper Professor Schoppa presented for STI's Whither the Child? experts meeting.