Wesleyan portrait of Mary Alice  Haddad

Mary Alice Haddad

John E. Andrus Professor of Government

Professor of Government

Mansfield Freeman Center, 201

Director, Office of Faculty Career Development

Professor, East Asian Studies

Mansfield Freeman Center, 201

Professor, Environmental Studies

Mansfield Freeman Center, 201


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BA Amherst College
MA University of Washington
PHD University of Washington

Mary Alice Haddad

Professor Mary Alice Haddad’s current work concerns environmental politics in East Asia, especially China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan as well as the way that urban diplomacy is connecting cities around the world. Her earlier books focused on civic engagement, democracy, citizenship, volunteering, and nonprofit organizations.  

A Fulbright and Harvard Academy scholar, Haddad is author of Building Democracy in Japan (2012) and Politics and Volunteering in Japan (2007) and co-editor with Carol Hager of NIMBY is Beautiful (2015).  She has published in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Democratization, Journal of Asian Studies, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.  For links to many of her publications, please visit her ResearchGate or WesScholar sites.

She has published op ed pieces on Japan’s post-Fukushima disaster relief and planning in the Asahi Shimbun, the Hartford Courant (most recent), and the South China Morning Post.  She has also contributed to 99% Invisible, and co-authored an article with Joan Cho and Alexis Dudden about Korean peace talks in The Conversation.

Her most recent pieces talk about how pro-environmental mayors are winning elections, how cities and China offer solutions for climate change, how to make sense of AWA-HK-AirPollution, and what Green New Deal advocates can learn from East Asia.

She has received numerous grants and fellowships from organizations such as the Institute of International Education (Fulbright), the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, the Japan Foundation, Korea Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Mellon Foundation, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, and the East Asian Institute.  She co-editor of Cambridge University Press's Elements in Politics and Society in East Asia series, is on the editorial board of the American Political Science Review and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Society of Japanese Studies.

Professor Haddad does participate in some social media, but as a policy she will not “friend” or “link” with current students.  Please check back when you’ve graduated!

Mary Alice Haddad is Chair of the College of East Asian Studies and Professor of Government and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University. 

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Office Hours

Thursdays 11-12 in CEAS 201 and by appointment.


Fall 2022
GOVT 296 - 01
Japanese Politics

GOVT 308 - 01
Comparative Urban Policy