Satoshi Watanabe


Satoshi P. Watanabe is Professor of Practice and Academic Director of Global Initiatives in Japan for Thunderbird School of Global Management.  He is also Senior Fellow in the Secretariat of Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan.


Satoshi has contributed to various public policy research initiatives, both in Japan and the US, working as a biostatistician for the City of New York's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, a consultant for the World Bank, and as a senior researcher at the Washington, DC-based think-tank, American Institutes for Research, authoring publications for the US Department of Education and the US Congress.  Satoshi was also a visiting scholar at Center for Studies in Higher Education, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley in 2011-2012.


Prior to joining Thunderbird-ASU, Satoshi held a full-professor position and played a senior administrative role as Executive Vice President for Global Strategy at Hiroshima University, Japan where he is currently appointed Global Strategy Advisor.


Ph.D. Columbia University, 2000

M.A., M.Ed., M.A., M.Phil. Columbia University 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000

B.A. Weber State University 1990


Shin, J.C., Watanabe, S.P., Chen, J.C., Ho. S.H., & Lee, J.K. (2020). “Institutionalization of Competition-based Funding under Neoliberalism in East Asia” Studies in Higher Education 45(10), pp. 2054-2062.

Watanabe, S.P., & Sato, M. (2018) “The New Flagship Model and Two Universities in Japan”. In J.A. Douglass & J.H. Hawkins (eds.) Envisioning the Asian New Flagship University: Its Past and Vital Future. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Public Policy Press, pp.141-158.

Watanabe, S.P., Murasawa, M., & Sato, M. (2018) “State Initiatives on Globalizing Higher Education in Japan”, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education, Oxford University Press.

Watanabe, S.P., & Abe, Y. (2017). “Changing Missions among Public Universities in California and New York: Application of Concentration Equality Index” Research & Occasional Paper Series, CSHE.14.17, University of California, Berkeley, pp.1-11.

Watanabe, S.P. (2016). “Prince Charming Syndrome? Gender Gap in Preferences for Defined Contribution Pensions in Japan” Journal of Women & Aging 29(4), pp.356-371.

Aida, M, & Watanabe, S.P. (2016). “Quantifying Faculty Productivity in Japan: Development and Application of the Achievement-Motivated Key Performance Indicator” Research & Occasional Paper Series CSHE.8.16, University of California, Berkeley, pp.1-9.

Watanabe, S.P. (2015) “Job Market for Public Policy Programs Graduates”. In Y. Adachi, S. Hosono & J. Iio (eds.) Policy Analysis in Japan.Bristol, U.K.: The Policy Press, pp.271-287.

Watanabe, S.P., Murasawa, M., & Oba, J. (2013). “Discordant Implementation of Multilateral Higher Education Policies: Evidence from the Case of the Bologna Process” Research & Occasional Paper Series CSHE.18.13, University of California, Berkeley, pp.1-9.

Watanabe, S.P., Murasawa, M., & Abe, Y. (2013). “Internal Staff Allocation and the Changing Workload of Japanese Professoriate: A Multilevel Statistical Analysis with Simulations” Research and Occasional Paper Series CSHE.1.13, University of California, Berkeley, pp.1-10.

Watanabe, S.P. (2012). “Where Do They Belong in the Job Markets?: Emerging Career Issues of Public Policy Program Graduates in Japan” Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 14(5), pp.410-430. 

Abe, Y., & Watanabe, S.P. (2012). “Some Thoughts on Implementing U.S. Physics Doctoral Education in Japanese Universities” Asia Pacific Education Review 13(3), pp.403-415.

Watanabe, S.P. (2010). “Toward Building a Sustainable Retirement System for Private Colleges and Universities in Japan” Higher Education Policy 23(3), pp.317-334.

Watanabe, S.P. (2010). “Determinants of Employer-sponsored Training Participation for Young Workers during Economic Downturns: Evidence from the Past” Journal of Industrial Relations 52(4), pp.491-505.

Watanabe, S.P. (2006). “Duration Analysis of High School Dropout Risks in the United States: An Application of Survival Analysis to U.S. High School Student Data” Tsukuba Journal of Education Studies 4, pp.17-45.

Watanabe, S.P. (2005). “Roles of Private Sector in Developing Modern Japanese Education,” Comparative Education Bulletin 8, pp.50-63 (reprinted in Chinese at Journal of Non-government Educational Development 7 (2004), pp.53-59).

Watanabe, S.P. (2003). “Effectiveness of 2-Year Colleges and the Performance of Their Graduates in the Japanese Labor Market” Higher Education Policy 16(4), pp.433-449.


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Work History

Senior Fellow, The Secretariat of Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, The Cabinet Office, Government of Japan (2020 - Present)