Walter F. Hatch

Professor of Government

Office: Diamond 265 [ campus map ]
Box 5305

Phone: 207-859-5305
Fax: 207-859-5229
Mailing Address:
5305 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8853
Hatch, Walter F.

Areas of Expertise

  • Politics and economy of Japan
  • Japan-U.S. and Japan-Asia relations
  • Comparative regionalism and regionalization
  • Chinese Civil Society

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
GO 131Intro to IR
GO 256Intro to East Asian Politics
GO355Winners and Losers in Chinese Politics
GO 356Winners and Losers in Japanese Politics
GO 357Political Economy of Regionalism
GO 454Politics of Development

Professional Information

Walter Hatch, professor of government, is an expert on Asian politics as well as comparative political economy and global security. Academia is his second career; he spent years as a journalist – mostly as a political and investigative reporter for The Seattle Times but also as stringer for CBS News. Now he teaches, researches and writes about government-business networks in Japan, civil society in China, international relations in East Asia, regional trade agreements, war memory and reconciliation, and U.S. military bases in Japan and Korea.

Current Research

* Sino-Japanese Cooperation and Conflict
* Japanese and German Efforts to Achieve Reconciliation
* U.S. military basing politics
* Comparative Empires


Ghosts in the Neighborhood: Why Japan is haunted by its past and Germany is not, U Michigan Press, 2023

Asia’s Flying Geese: How Regionalization Shapes Japan, Cornell University Press, 2010

Asia in Japan's Embrace: Building a Regional Production Alliance, Cambridge University Press, 1996

"European integration, Asian subordination: U.S. identity and power in two regions," in Min-hyung Kim and James Caporaso, Power Relations and Comparative Regionalism: Europe, East Asia and Latin America(Routledge, 2022).

“Connected Channels: MNCs and Production Networks in Global Trade,” in Lisa Martin, ed., Handbook on the Politics of International Trade, Oxford University Press, 2015

“Bloody Memories: Affect and Effect of World War II Museums in China and Japan,” Peace & Change , Vol. 39 No. 3, July, 2014

“Activism with Chinese Characteristics: Navigating the Sloping, Uncertain Terrain of Civil Society in China,” in IUP Journal of International Relations, Vol. VIIII No. 1, January 2014

“Organizing Civil Society in Russia and China: A Comparative Approach,” in International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Vol. 26 No. 4, December 2013

“Hoping for Hegemony: Why Obama Changed Direction on Financial Reform and Embraced Retro-Liberalism,” IUP Journal of International Relations, Vol. 7 No. 4, October 2013

“Turning Asian, Turning Western: A Study of Japanese ‘Identity’ from a Gramscian Perspective,” Pacific Review, Vol. 23 No. 3, July 2010

"When Strong Ties Fail: U.S.-Japanese Manufacturing Rivalry in Asia," in Ellis Krauss and T.J. Pempel, eds, Beyond Bilateralism: U.S.-Japan Relations in the New Asia-Pacific, Stanford University Press, 2004

"Japanese Production Networks in Asia: Extending the Status Quo," in William W. Keller and Richard J. Samuels, eds, Crisis and Innovation in Asian Technology, Cambridge University Press, 2003

"Exporting the State: Japanese Administrative and Financial Guidance in Asia, Social Science Japan Journal (University of Tokyo), October 2002

"Regionalization Trumps Globalization: Japanese Production Networks in Asia, in Richard Stubbs and Geoffrey R.D. Underhill, eds, Political Economy and the Changing Global Order, Oxford University Press, 2000


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