Dr Yoshi Kobayashi

Dr Yoshi Kobayashi


I joined POLIS in 2018, having previously taught international relations and quantitative methods at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Rice University in 2013. 

For a detailed overview of my background, research, and teaching experience, please refer to my Curriculum Vitae


  • Q-Step Programme Leader
  • Programme Manager - BA Economics and Politics
  • POLIS Reading Group

Research interests

My research spans a wide range of topics, all aimed at addressing pressing global challenges, including poverty, pandemics, refugee crises, and climate-related disasters. As a political scientist, I emphasize the importance of understanding the politics surrounding these issues. I also advocate for multidisciplinary approaches to tackle these complex challenges. I integrate insights from other fields and seek to contribute to broader academic debates by publishing in interdisciplinary journals. I regularly publish papers in top multidisciplinary journals such as Social Science & Medicine and World Development, in addition to political science/ international relations journals such as American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, and International Studies Quarterly.

Current Research Projects:

  • Politics of pandemic preparedness
  • Influence of country origin on public support for vaccine procurement
  • Endogenizing health communication in U.S. politics
  • Gender politics in foreign aid 
  • Gender perspectives on immigrant attitudes and immigration policies
  • Media gatekeeping, public attention, and refugee policies
  • Border control and attitudes toward refugees
  • Border security and trust toward refugee
  • WHO, reputation, and acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination 
  • Public attention, brutality, and (counter-)terrorism 
  • Support for foreign aid: Introducing cross-national time-series estimates

From 2023 to 2027, I'll be leading a project on the politics of pandemic preparedness, funded by the Japan Science & Technology Agency’s PRESTO (Sakigake) Grant. My research previously received financial support from the Murata Science Foundation, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Nomura Foundation, amongst others. 

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  • PhD Political Science, Rice University
  • MA Political Science, Rice University
  • BS Mathematics & Political Science, Stephen F. Austin State University

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Global Development
  • Centre for Global Security Challenges
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