Robert C. Angel

Robert Angel has been involved academically and professionally with Japan and U.S.-Japan relations for more than four decades. He served as a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, South Carolina, from 1986 to 2008. There he taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Japan's domestic politics and international relations.

Angel received his Political Science/Oriental Studies bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Columbia University in 1971, and entered Columbia's doctoral program in political science and East Asian Institute the same year. Seven years of full-time graduate study at Columbia included a year of intensive Japanese language training at the Inter-University Center in Tokyo, and a year of dissertation research in Tokyo funded by Fulbright and Social Science Research Council Fellowships. He received the Ph.D. from Columbia in 1985 after a final year of residence during 1984-85.

Angel was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Japan Economic Institute in Washington, D.C. from 1977 to 1984, a research and publications organization funded by Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs that employed American specialists recruited for their academic and linguistic Japan expertise. Angel resigned the JEI presidency in mid-1984 to return to full-time research and university teaching, joining the University of South Carolina's Department of Government and International Studies as an entry-level assistant professor in the fall of 1986. He created the Japan Considered Project in 2004, and added the weekly Japan Considered Podcast the following year. He also serves as a consultant on Japan affairs for the U.S. government and corporations.