Charmaine N. Willis
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My full CV is located here: Charmaine Willis_CV


May 2023 (anticipated): University at Albany (SUNY), Rockefeller College of Public Administration and Policy, Albany, NY
PhD- Political Science: Comparative Politics, International Relations

May 2011: American University, School of International Service, Washington, DC
M.A.- Comparative and Regional Studies: Asia

August 2007: University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
B.A.- Political Science, Asian History


Field Research When There Is Limited Access to the Field: Lessons from Japan.” 2022. PS: Political Science & Politics (with Kenya Amano, Melanie Sayuri Dominguez, Timothy Fraser, Etienne Gagnon, Trevor Incerti, Jinhyuk Jang, Charles T. McClean, Austin M. Mitchell, Sayumi Miyano, Colin Moreshead, Harunobu Saijo, Diana Stanescu, Ayumi Teraoka, Hikaru Yamagishi, Yujin Woo, and Charles Crabtree).

Field Research: A Graduate Student’s Guide.” 2021. International Studies Review (with Ezgi Irgil, Anne-Kathrin Kreft, Myunghee Lee, and Kelebogile Zvobgo).

Breaking the Glass Ceiling? Female Participation in Militant Organizations in Islamic State Affiliates in Southeast Asia.” 2020. Terrorism and Political Violence (with Amira Jadoon, Julia Lodoen, and Nakissa Jahanbani).

“Teaching about Oppression and Rebellion: The “Peasants Are Revolting” Game.” 2020. PS: Political Science and Politics (with Victor Asal, Christopher Linebarger, and Nakissa Jahanbani).

Protest by Candlelight: A Comparative Analysis of Candlelight Vigils in South Korea.” 2020. Journal of Civil Society (with Injeong Hwang).

Democratization and Civil Society Development through the Perspectives of Gramsci and Tocqueville in South Korea and Japan.” 2019. Asian Journal of Comparative Politics.

“The Ballot or the Bomb Belt: The Roots of Female Suicide Terrorism Before and After 9/11.” 2019. Small Wars and Insurgencies (with Nakissa Jahanbani).

Gaming Levels of Analysis.” 2019. International Studies Perspectives (with Victor Asal and Inga Miller).

What We Wish We Knew: Reflections on Being a Teaching Assistant.” 2018. Journal of Political Science Education (with Nakissa Jahanbani and Donnett Lee).


2020-2021: Asia Fellow, American Political Science Association

2020-2021: Distinguished Service Professor David F. Andersen Scholarship, Rockefeller College of Public Administration and Policy, University at Albany

2020-2021: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellowship

2020-2021: Korea Foundation Field Research Fellowship

2018-2019: Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG) Pre-Dissertation Fellowship

  • Conducted fieldwork in the Philippines on anti-US-military movements in February/March 2019

2015-2019: PhD Political Science Assistantship, University at Albany


2018: Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant in Political Science, University at Albany

2017: Outstanding Graduate Student Service to Rockefeller College, University at Albany


University of Maine

Instructor for POS 349: Topics in Comparative Politics: Contentious Politics: Fall 2021

Instructor for POS 349: Topics in Comparative Politics: Nation-Building and Nationalism: Spring 2021

Instructor for POS 241: Introduction to Comparative Politics: Fall 2020

University at Albany, SUNY

Instructor for AHIS 389: North Korea: History, Culture, and Politics: Spring 2021

Instructor for RPOS 102: Introduction to International Relations/Comparative Politics: Summer 2019, Winter 2019-2020, Summer 2020, Winter 2020-2021

Instructor for CEHC 310: Research Seminar in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity: Fall 2019

Instructor for RPOS 362: Nationalism and Nation-Building: Fall 2019, Winter 2022


Intermediate proficiency in Japanese, Korean, and Spanish

  • Summer 2016: Attended Ritsumeikan University Intensive Japanese Language Program
  • Summer 2018: Attended Seoul National University’s Summer Korean Language Program

APSA2 (2)