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People: Research Faculty

Kiyoteru Tsutsui

Faculty Associate


Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies
Professor, Department of Sociology
Director, Center for Japanese Studies
Director, Donia Human Rights Center


PhD, Sociology, Stanford University, 2002
MA, Sociology, Stanford University, 1996
MA, Sociology, Kyoto University, 1995
BA, Sociology, Kyoto University, 1993


Kiyoteru Tsutsui’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Kiyoteru Tsutsui’s Personal Website
Kiyoteru Tsutsui’s Google Scholar Profile



Professor Tsutsui’s research interests lie in political/comparative sociology, social movements, globalization, human rights, and Japanese society. More specifically, he has conducted (1) cross-national quantitative analyses on how human rights ideas and instruments have expanded globally and impacted local politics and (2) qualitative case studies of the impact of global human rights on Japanese politics. His current projects examine a) changing conceptions of nationhood and minority rights in national constitutions and their impact on actual practices, b) global expansion of corporate social responsibility and its impact on corporate behavior, c) experimental surveys on public understanding about human rights, and d) campus policies and practices around human rights.


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500 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382

Phone: 734-763-0088
Email: [email protected]
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Selected Publications

Please also see Kiyoteru Tsutsui’s Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Kiyoteru Tsutsui’s Google Scholar Profile

Tsutsui, Kiyoteru. Rights Make Might: Global Human Rights and Minority Social Movements in Japan. Oxford University Press, 2018.

Tsutsui. Corporate Social Responsibility in a Globalizing World. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Tsutsui, Kiyoteru. “Human Rights and Minority Activism in Japan: Transformation of Movement Actorhood and Local-Global Feedback Loop.” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 122, no. 4, 2017, pp. 1050–1103., doi:10.1086/689910.