Columnist of The Wall Street Journal & Director in Asian Studies, The American Enterprise Institute
Dr. Michael Auslin is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, where he writes about Asian politics and security issues. He is concurrently a Resident Scholar in Foreign and Defense Policy Studies and Director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C. His areas of expertise include U.S. security strategy in Asia, the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific region, and global risk analysis.
In addition to his Wall Street Journal column, Dr. Auslin writes for a wide variety of leading publications, such as National Review. He is a frequent television commentator for U.S. and foreign broadcast media, including Fox News and BBC. He consults for the U.S. Government and has testified before the U.S. Congress a number of times. Dr. Auslin talks regularly with government officials and is a sought-after speaker for many groups, including business groups such as the Young Presidents Organization.
Prior to joining AEI, Dr. Auslin was an associate professor of history at Yale University. He also has been a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo. Among many awards, he has been named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund, and an Asia 21 Fellow by the Asia Society. Earlier in his career, he received a Fulbright Scholarship and was selected as a Japan Foundation Scholar. In 2010, he received the Nakasone Yasuhiro Award for Excellence.
Dr. Auslin is a prolific author and is currently finishing a book entitled Pivotal: How America’s Turn to Asia Will Shape the Future. His most recent book, Pacific Cosmopolitans: A Cultural History of U.S.-Japan Relations (Harvard University Press, 2011), is the only full-scale history of U.S.-Japan cultural relations. His first book, Negotiating with Imperialism (Harvard, 2004), won the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication from Yale University.
Dr. Auslin received a BSc from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and his PhD in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.