Macalester College Department of Political Science





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Welcome to JAWS 2007

Japan and the United States share many attributes but also have striking differences. These similarities and differences allow for informative comparisons and interesting exchanges that are the hallmark of good scholarship.

  Members of JAWS at the Sewall-Belmont House in Washington, DC, 2000  

Previous projects funded by the Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and other donors between 2000 and 2003 have yielded tangible results—institutionalized in the form of a professional network of women political scientists known as the Japan-America Women Political Scientists Symposium (JAWS) and a series of Open Boundaries workshops—which emphasize the sharing of different perspectives and experiences on a wide range of topics and have widely been regarded as helpful and enlightening to scholars on both sides of the Pacific.

To date, dozens of American and Japanese women scholars have benefited from this network’s activities in the United States and Japan. To expand the scope and size of this promising professional network, Macalester College and the American Political Science Association hosted a new Open Boundaries Workshop in 2007 on the continuing theme of Women and Politics in Comparative Perspectives but that is focused on the specific issue of “Women in Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs.”

Julie Dolan
Associate Professor of Political Science
Macalester College