Dr Yoshi Kobayashi


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

Please find my CV here. 


  • AREA Faculty Research Ethics Committee Member
  • Q-Step Program Leader
  • POLIS Reading Group

Research interests

My research lies at the intersection of International Relations and Development Studies, specifically in the areas of foreign aid and economic sanctions. My work explores the domestic political processes driving foreign policymaking. Theoretically, my research sheds light on the role of public opinion on aid and sanctions policies. Methodologically, my work employs a variety of tools, including surveys, experiments and regression analyses. 

In my recent projects, I apply these theoretical and methodological approaches to study immigration and refugee policies, counter-terrorism, border policies, and anti-Covid-19 policies.  

Current Projects: 

  • Gendered politics and foreign aid
  • Threat, civil liberties, and public support for anti-Covid-19 policies 
  • Gendered attitudes toward immigrants and immigration policy
  • Border control and attitudes toward refugees
  • WHO, international legal commitment, and support for border restrictions
  • Gate-keeping, public attention, and refugee policies 
  • WHO, reputation, and acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination 
  • Public attention, brutality, and (counter-)terrorism 
  • Support for foreign aid: Introducing cross-national time-series Estimates 
  • Violence legacy and vaccine hesitancy 
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


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

Student education

I teach on the following modules: 

  • Advanced Statistical Analysis (PIED3704)
  • Politics of Aid (PIED3206) 
  • Analyzing Data in Politics, Development and International Relations (PIED2711)
  • Approaches to Analysis (PIED2721)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Global Development
  • Centre for Global Security Challenges
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>