Institute of Social Science The University of Tokyo

the University of Tokyo


Research Staff

Jackie F. Steele

update at 16 May. 2017

Division Associate Professor, Department of International Japanese Society
Research fields Comparative Politics (Electoral Systems Design, Quotas, Representation of Gender, Diversity and Minority Voices);
Political Thought (Critical Democratic Theory, Feminisms, Neo-Republicanism, Queer Theory, Multinational Democracy, Post-colonialism, Radical Democratic Politics)

Teaching and Research Appointments

April, 2012 - Associate Professor, Institute of Social Science The University of Tokyo
Jan - April 2012 Limited Term Lecturer, Political Science Department, Simon Fraser University
July 2009 – August 2011 Post-doctoral Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
May 2008-June 2009 Post-doctoral Fellow, Groupe de recherche sur les sociétés plurinationales, Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité au Québec (CRIDAQ), Université du Québec à Montréal
May 2008-June 2009 Part-time Professor, School of Political Studies / Institute of Women’s Studies, University of Ottawa
January-June 2006 Visiting Doctoral Student, Gender Law and Policy Center (GELAPOC), Faculty of Law, Tohoku University

Publications since 2011

Edited Volumes

  1. Concilier démocratie et diversité : éssaies de théorie politique, eds. Bernard Gagnon and Jackie F. Steele, Peter Lang Série Diversitas, 2014.
  2. Research Report, “Gender, Diversity and Tohoku Reconstruction: Governance Challenges and Opportunities Two Years On “ in 『ジェンダー、多様性、東北復興--3年目に続くガバナンスの機会と課題』, eds. Jackie F. Steele and Mari Osawa, Institute of Social Science Research Series No. 53, ISS, University of Tokyo,
  3. 『アジアにおけるジェンダー平等:政策と政治参画』 (辻村みよ子氏との共編 edited with Miyoko Tsujimura)東北大学出版会, 2012.
  4. Gender Equality in Asia: Policies and Political Participation (edited with Miyoko Tsujimura), Tohoku University Press, 2011.

Journal Articles

  1. "Japanese political science at a crossroads? normative and empirical preconditions for the integration of women and diversity into political science" Special Issue: Inclusion and Diversity in Political Science, European Political Science, eds J. Moses, D. Stockemer, and E. Rashkova, (2016) 15: 4: 536-555.
  2. “Gender Quotas: What is all the Fuss? Democratic Electoral Rules and Power-sharing for Diverse Political Identities,” Hogaku, (2014) 77:6:1058-1033.
  3. "Le Japon est-il une démocratie multinationale? Portrait de la diversité multinationale et intranationale au Japon,” in eds. Vincent Mirza and Catherine Laurent Sédillot, Revue spéciale sur Changement et diversité au Japon, Diversité urbaine, (2013) 2: 85-110.
  4. 「民主的実践としてのジェンダー平等と異文化間能力へのアプローチ―東北復興に向けた理論的課題と予備的考察」, GEMC Journal, (2013) 10: 58-72.
  5. “Approaching Gender Equality and Intercultural Competence as a Democratic Praxis: Theoretical Challenges and Preliminary Implications for Tohoku Reconstruction, “ GEMC Journal, Vol. 8, 2013.

Book Chapters

  1. 「多様な政治的アイデンティティとクオータ制の広がり―日本の事例から」 (Diverse Political Identities and the Potential of Quota Systems: The Japanese Electoral System in Perspective) in eds. Mari Miura and Mikiko Eto, Gender Quotas in Comparative Perspectives: Understanding the Increase in Women Representatives, Akashi Shoten, 2014.
  2. “Une synergie prometteuse entre la théorie critique féministe et le républicanisme, ” in eds. Bernard Gagnon and Jackie F. Steele, Concilier démocratie et diversité : éssaies de théorie politique, Peter Lang Série Diversitas, 2014.
  3. “Women’s representation in the Japanese Lower House: "temporary" measures and the windows of opportunity in a parallel mixed system,” in eds. Miyoko Tsujimura and Jackie F. Steele, Gender Equality in Asia: Policies and Political Participation, Tohoku University Press, 2011.

2014-2015 Academic Activities / International Conferences

Conference Organization

  1. Co-organizer, International Symposium on “Women’s Leadership & Political Empowerment from a Global Perspective,” October 12th, 2015, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo
  2. Co-organizer, JSAC-JACS-JCIRN Conference on “Culture, Identity and Citizenship in Japan and Canada,” May 20-23, Canadian Embassy in Tokyo and Chuo University, Tokyo
  3. Organizer, Third Anniversary Event in Commemoration of the Great East Japan Earthquake, “Japan-Canada Policy Dialogue on Democracy, Diversity, Disasters: From Ottawa to Tokyo”, March 14th, 2014, Hosted by Embassy of Canada in Japan, Tokyo
  4. Organizer, “Japan-Canada Policy Dialogue on Risk Governance,” February 6th, 2014, Hosted by the Ambassador of Japan in Canada, Ottawa.
  5. Organizer, “Democracy, Diversity, Disasters: A Japan-Canada Policy Dialogue on Intersectionality and Contemporary Risk Governance”, February 5th-6th, Center on Governance, University of Ottawa

Paper Presentations and Lectures

  1. Paper Presentation, “An International Toolkit of Measures to Support Women’s Political Empowerment: Towards a Praxis of Co-Authority”, International Symposium on Women’s Leadership and Political Empowerment from a Global Perspective, October 12th, 2015, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo
  2. Paper Presentation, “Gender Quotas: What is all the Fuss? Democratic Electoral Rules and Power-sharing for Diverse Political Identities,” Pre-ECPG Workshop on Women’s and Minority Representation, August 24-25, 2015, McGill University.
  3. Paper Presentation, “Feminist Representation as Critical Advocacy and Contestatory Agonism: The Law Reform Activism of Domoto Akiko and the Japan Women’s Network for Disaster Risk Reduction,” The Fourth European Conference on Politics and Gender, June 11-13, 2015, Uppsala University, Sweden.
  4. Invited Panelist, Session 9 “Diversity and Disaster Response from the Perspectives of Disability, LGBT, Gender, and Foreigners,” Global Conference on DRR for Civil Society, United Nations Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, March 17, 2015, Sendai.
  5. Invited Lecturer, “Demographic Data and Dreams of 3D Risk Governance: Disasters, Democracy, and the Importance of Diversity, Tohoku University Graduate School of Science, Global Safety Top Leaders Kick-Off Symposium, March 12, 2015, Sendai.
  6. Invited Lecturer, “Critical approaches to disaster risk reduction, vulnerability, and resilience: The politics of risk governance, citizenship, diverse populations and the social science of disasters,” Tohoku University Graduate School of Science, Leading School Program, Distinguished Speaker Series, June 30th – July 5th, 2014, Sendai.
  7. Participant, JWNDRR Roundtable “Policy Proposals in Preparation for the Third World Conference on DRR: The Integration of Gender and Diversity into Policy,” Japan Women’s Network for Disaster Risk Reduction, March 11, 2014, Sendai.
  8. Research Lecture, “Diversifying Representative Democratic Institutions in Japan and Canada: What do federalism, electoral systems and quotas have in common?” January 31, 2014, Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CDSC) Speakers Series, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
  9. Research Lecture, “Gender, Multiculturalism and Representative Democracy in Japan: political identity and corporeality,” January 2014, Institute of Asian Research, UBC, Vancouver, Canada.

Other Publications, Presentations, Invited Lectures

  1. Invited Journal Article:「日本の衆議院における女性代表:並立制下の「暫定的」措置と機会の拡大」 GEMC Journal, Vol. 5, Tohoku GCOE, 2012.
  2. Book Chapter: “Gender Equality and Multicultural Conviviality as a Power-Sharing Praxis of Democratic Citizenship”, Miyoko Tsujimura and Mari Osawa(eds.), Gender Equality and Multicultural Conviviality, Tohoku Press, 2010.
  3. Book Chapter: “The Politics of Quotas around the World: Asia in Perspective” (with Manon Tremblay), in eds. Aazar Ayaz and Andrea Fleschenberg, The Gendered Face of Asian Politics and Women ina Pakistani Politics, OUP, 2009.
  4. Paper Presentation: “Re-conceiving Liberty: A Machiavellian Defense of Legislative Quotas in the Democratic Constitution of Late Modern Social Discords (Diversity)”, GCOE Kick-Off Seminar, Global COE on Gender Equality and Multicultural Conviviality, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, 2009.
  5. Paper Presentation: “Multinational democracy versus Mononational Family Law: What Future for Japanese Citizenship?”, Confé rence sur Le fé deralisme multinational en perspective : un modé le viable?, CRIDAQ, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Montreal, 2009.
  6. Book Chapter: “Republican Liberty, Marital Naming and the Meaning of Citizenship in Canada & Quebec”, Yasmeen Abu-Laban(ed), Gendering the Nation-State: Canadian and Comparative Perspectives, UBC Press, 2008.
  7. Journal Article: “Window of opportunity: Is Quebec ready to adopt an electoral system that fairly represents women?” (with Emannuelle Hebert), Inroads, 20:129-135, 2007.
  8. Book Chapter: “Electoral Opportunities under a Parallel (Mixed) System: Views of Women Elected to the Japanese House of Representatives”, Miyoko Tsujimura and Emi Yano(eds.), Gender Equality in Japan , Tohoku University Press, pp.119-146, 2007.
  9. Book Chapter: “Paradise Lost? Gender Parity and the Nunavut Experience” (with Manon Tremblay), in eds. Marian Sawer, Manon Tremblay and Linda Trimble (eds.), Representing Women in Parliament: A Comparative Study, Routledge, pp.221-235, 2006

Ongoing Research

(1) The Representation of Women and Diversity in Parliaments and Parliamentary Processes (Co-Founder, “Research Network on Gender and Diversity in Political Representation,” GDRep)

(2) The Representation of Gender and Diversity in Tohoku Reconstruction Processes and Policies (Founder/Convenor, “Japan-Canada Interdisciplinary Research Network on Gender, Diversity and Tohoku Reconstruction,” JCIRN)

(3) Citizenship Discourses in Canada and Japan, Critical Democratic Theory, Theoretical Foundations and Processes of Modern Representative Democracy

(4) Comparative Electoral Systems Design, Quotas promoting Representation of Territorial/Ethno-national/Indigenous/National Minority Identities and their Intersections with Gender (Collaborative International Research Project)