David Leheny is the Henry Wendt III '55 Professor of East Asian Studies. Trained as a political scientist (Ph.D., Department of Government, Cornell University, 1998), Leheny taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1998 until 2007. Before that, he served as a research associate (joshu) in the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo. Under the auspices of the International Affairs Fellowship from the Council in Foreign Relations, he served for most of 2000 as Regional Affairs Officer in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State. He has also held visiting appointments at the University of Tokyo, the University of Michigan, and Hitotsubashi University.
Leheny is the author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters, as well as of two books, both published by Cornell University Press. Think Global, Fear Local: Sex, Violence, and Anxiety in Contemporary Japan (2006) and The Rules of Play: National Identity and the Shaping of Japanese Leisure (2003). Along with Kay Warren, the Charles B. Tillinghast Jr. '32 Professor of International Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Brown University, Leheny is co-editor of the volume Inescapable Solutions: Japanese Aid and the Construction of Global Development (Routledge 2010). He is currently completing a book manuscript on emotion, narrative, and Japanese politics.
1. Think Global, Fear Local: Sex, Violence, and Anxiety in Contemporary Japan
2. The Rules of Play: National Identity and the Shaping of Japanese Leisure